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DRS must be standardised: Tendulkar

Source: PTI
November 07, 2014 22:10 IST
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Sachin Tendulkar feels that there is an urgent need to standardise the technology used for the Decision Review System (DRS) across all formats in international cricket.

"We can definitely use technology as long as it is standardised," Tendulkar told reporters at the launch of his autobiography, Playing It My way, at the Lord's Cricket Ground on Friday.

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"We can't have bits and pieces in different parts of the world. One part of the world is using... the other part is using hot-spot and somewhere else it is something else. It's got to be standardised," Tendulkar said, during an interaction with the journalists.

Expressing the importance of getting accurate decisions in the game, he said technology should be treated at par for all cricket teams around the world, big or small.

"Why should we settle for only 50 per cent result? Why not get as close to 100 per cent? It's impossible to get it 100 per cent right. There will some errors here and there, but why don't we put a package which is standardised across the world," he explained.

"It really doesn't matter whether it's Zimbabwe, Bangladesh is playing or Australia, England is playing. It is as important. An international match is an international match, whichever part of the world it is played in. I feel it is unfair on the lesser teams to not have that full package," he said.

'West Indies team's pull-out not good for cricket'

Meanwhile, talking about the West Indies team's pull-out midway into its India tour last month following a pay dispute with its cricket board and players' association, Tendulkar said, "It's definitely not good for cricket. But if I speak further on this topic it would be unwise," the 41-year-old cricket icon said.

"Since I've retired I've not been following cricket as closely. I only read a couple of things - to go into details I really don't know what transpired that made them take that decision.

"I don't know what the respective players have said to their boards so I don't want to make a big statement on that," he added.

Image: Sachin Tendulkar and the rest of the Indian team wait for a DRS review during the 2011 ICC World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede stadium on April 2, 2011.

Photograph: Tom Shaw/Getty Images

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