Kumble happy that MIT is working on DRS
International Cricket Council (ICC) cricket committee chairman Anil Kumble is happy that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been working towards preparing a device to test the Decision Review System (DRS) results in order to make it more foolproof.
Speaking at a promotional event here on Thursday, Kumble hoped that the effort put in by MIT engineers would make DRS more efficient. “The MIT is assisting ICC in developing tools for ball tracking. It will test results of the ball tracking device independently. I was there at MIT recently (June 29) and was very impressed with what they have done,” Kumble said.
The former India captain said it would be better to take a call after the device has identified the inaccuracies in DRS.
Kumble, who was the Indian skipper when DRS was first used in a Test match involving India and Sri Lanka in 2008, said notwithstanding the fact that India was at a disadvantaged position because of the system, he had not liked DRS then.
“As a captain, when it was introduced, I was not convinced with the accuracy of the tools at that time.”
The BCCI has been opposing DRS on the grounds that it does not give completely accurate results.
Kumble felt in the last seven years DRS had moved ahead as far as technological changes were concerned.
“I think it is all about upgrading the technology. First, there were days of autographs and now, it is about selfies.”
Kumble, himself an engineer, took the opportunity to share his MIT moment.
“Every engineer at some point of time thinks about going to MIT for studies and research. I never thought cricket will take me to MIT as I went there to give a lecture on Indian sports.”
On the upcoming day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide in November, Kumble said, “The idea is to get the viewers back to Test cricket in certain countries. Perhaps, it will help office-goers enjoy the last session of a Test. The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has tried the pink ball and it has been successful.”
Kumble parried a question on the recent punishments pronounced by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R.M. Lodha Committee in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) corruption cases.
“As a cricketer, the image of cricket is paramount and no one is above the game,” he said.