David Richardson, the International Cricket Council Chief Executive, has backed the Decision Review System (DRS), pointing out that the umpires have been able to achieve a staggering accuracy of 98.5 percent. The Decision Review System has generally received positive response from players and coaches since its launch but has also often come under the scanner and questions have been raised regarding the effectiveness of the system.
"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," he wrote for icc-cricket.com.
Richardson also acknowledged that the ICC is trying its best to have cricket at the Olympics. "We also need to determine cricket's strategy in respect of participation in the Olympic Games," he revealed. "Is it something we will continue to explore in the first half of 2017 and if our Members agree, they would like to pursue it, then that's when the real work for Olympic inclusion begins."
Richardson said the ICC is trying their best to protect the integrity of the game while stating that blood testing will also be introduced this year. "Protecting the integrity of the sport, is of fundamental importance to everyone here at the ICC," he said.
"We must continue to provide leadership and support in the global fight against corruption and we will complete the implementation of all agreed recommendations made by the Integrity Working Party.
"But protecting the integrity of cricket goes beyond our Anti-Corruption unit and we must ensure that our anti-doping programme is as effective as possible. We will introduce blood testing in 2017 as part of our ongoing commitment to a drug free sport and will continue to maintain our WADA compliance," Richardson concluded.