The International Cricket Council’s controversial Decision Review System has come in for some flak, especially from Indian quarters in the recent past. But former India coach Gary Kirsten has come out and backed the system in essence. Kirsten was part of the Indian setup that was staunchly against the DRS, but the World Cup-winning coach is quite clearly in favour of the unique system.
"Personally I am very much in favour of it, I think it's a great system," the soft-spoken South African told Reuters.
"I think what it has done .... is that it has increased the consistency of umpiring so I am a fan of it but I know there are some negative views of it within India."
The Board of Control for Cricket in India have been adamant in their stance about the system not being foolproof. And even Kirsten admitted that the DRS needed a few minor adjustments.
"There can be a few adjustments, I know one thing that was discussed at the (ICC) cricket committee (meeting in March) was that they might bring down two appeals per inning to one appeal so that it takes away the strategy around using DRS.
"The tool is there to improve umpiring so it takes away the players using it as a strategic tool. I know that is being floated but I don't know if that has been passed yet." opined the South African.