Suddenly, the IPL is not responsible

For three successive years starting 2009, the Indian Premier League was blamed for the national team's disastrous showings in international cricket in the immediacy of the Twenty20 tournament.

updated: June 21, 2013 15:02 IST
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It's funny how, in times of success for the national team, the three most 'reviled' letters in world cricket have been conspicuous by their absence.

No, we are not talking DRS. DRS is not reviled, not even - contrary to popular perception - by India. It might be contentious, it might be occasionally controversial, but it has found universal acceptance with the exception of India, who continue to oppose its mandatory use across international cricket though they are not averse to making the most of it at global limited-overs ICC events.

India's reluctance to embrace DRS in its totality has been squarely blamed on the pig-headed attitude of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, even if the fact of the matter is that some of the more influential players within the set-up are opposed to the system. India had a very bad experience with the DRS when it was first trialled in 2008 on their Test tour of Sri Lanka. They had clearly not done their homework and had almost every review - or challenge, as it was called then before the ICC decided that umpires' decisions can't be challenged, only reviewed - overturned while Sri Lanka, smart and savvy, used it judiciously, and benefited immensely.

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