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ICC should ensure DRS in every Test: Ponting

July 20, 2010 13:36 IST

Ricky PontingThe BCCI might have opposed the idea but Australian captain Ricky Ponting wants the ICC to ensure implementation of the Decision Review System (DRS) in every Test match.

The DRS, which allows teams to challenge on-field umpires' decision, has been a contentious issue ever since its introduction as some cricket boards are not keen on sharing the cost of installing the technology required for it's implementation.

The financially powerful BCCI has, however, refused to give any reason for opposing the system.

Australia are currently playing a Test series against Pakistan in England without DRS as the cash-strapped PCB has refused to share the cost.

The Aussies are likely to play against India in October without DRS again but will have the system in place when they take on England in the Ashes series.

And Ponting said such inconsistency should be avoided and urged the ICC to step in.

"Look I got my point across at the referees' meeting before this series. I just think probably even the ICC could have stepped in on this occasion," Ponting was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press.

"It is a financial thing at the end of the day, that is the reason we are not using it. So I thought the ICC could have come in and done something about it but it has not eventuated and that is just the way it is. So we just have to get on with it," he added.

Ponting said the issue was of getting used to the system which cannot happen if it was used in one series and then dumped for another.

"You do get used to playing a certain way and having some decisions sent back for referral but that is what we have got," he said.

"It was brought in as compulsory in Test cricket 12 months ago now, so I thought if it was ever left up in the air someone should have stepped in and made sure it actually happened," added Ponting.

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