David Richardson backs DRS, says it helps Umpires make 98.5% correct decisions

DRS has been used aggressively by teams after it came into play in ICC fixtures.

Decision Review System (DRS) seems to be doing wonders for International Cricket Council (ICC) Umpires as they have shown considerable improvement in their decision making. According to ICC executive, David Richardson, the Umpires have remarkably improved their accuracy to a whopping 98.5 per cent.

There have been instances where the availability of DRS has prevented the game from taking a different course altogether. The luxury of DRS at their disposal helps teams and saves them from vulnerable situations during the game.

Though, India were reluctant when it came to DRS for a long period of time but a few reforms made them reconsider the system and enforce in their international fixtures as well.

Richardson said, “I am very proud of the Emirates Elite Panel of Match Officials and our targets for correct decision making this year currently stands at 94 percent rising to 98.5 per cent after DRS.”

The ICC Executive also talked about their strategy towards cricket’s recognition in Olympics Games as well. He revealed that the real work for Olympics will begin in the first half of 2017 only.

He also talked about protecting the integrity of ICC and referred to it’s importance on fundamental grounds. ICC have a clear stand against corruption and taking steps to abolish it from the system.

Recently, Pakistan players Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were suspended on corruption charges. A similar case was reported against Nasir Jamshed who was arrested by British Agency. Jamshed was suspended for a year by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). However, Jamshed got released on bail afterwards when charges were not proved.