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Dhoni not convinced by DRS after wrong call – Akmal’s 1-match suspension lifted

PERTH, Australia, Jan 13, (Agencies): Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni says he remains unconvinced by the merits of the Decision Review System despite India appearing to get a wrong decision in their opening one-day international loss to Australia.

India’s lack of faith in the use of DRS proved costly as George Bailey overcame what should have been a first-ball dismissal late Tuesday to help Australia reel in the tourists 309 for three with four balls and five wickets to spare in the Perth one-dayer.

Bailey went on to score 112 off 120 balls and man-of-the-match Steve Smith hit 149 from 135 balls as the Australians easily ran down India’s total, which was boosted by an unbeaten 171 by Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli’s 91.

“It could have (changed the outcome of the game),” Dhoni said of the Bailey incident. “But at the same time, we need to push the umpires to make the right decision.

“You have to see how many 50-50 decisions (don’t) go in our favour, and it always happens and then you have to take it.

“But I’m still not convinced on DRS.”

The match’s pivotal moment came in the fifth over of Australia’s innings when Bailey appeared to glove his first ball down legside to Dhoni off debutant paceman Barinder Sran.

Television replays confirmed the contact between ball and glove, but with no DRS technology in place for any series involving India, the visitors were unable to challenge umpire Richard Kettleborough’s decision of not out.

When asked by broadcaster Channel Nine about a potential DRS reversal, Bailey said: “We’re not the team that doesn’t want it.”

When asked to clarify whether he thought India was being punished for their refusal to embrace DRS by finishing on the wrong side of line-ball decisions, Dhoni said with a smile: “I may agree with you.”

The DRS uses ball-tracking and thermal imaging to verify umpires’ decisions. It was made optional, rather than compulsory, at India’s insistence.

India, which accounts for the lion’s share of global cricket revenues, has been suspicious of DRS since making a number of unsuccessful referrals during the 2008 Test series with Sri Lanka, when the technology was on trial.

But most other cricketing nations including England and Australia support the system.

Pakistan’s Umar Akmal is eligible to play in a Twenty20 series against New Zealand on Friday after the middle-order batsman successfully appealed his one-match suspension for violating dress code during a domestic match.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said Wednesday that Akmal’s original suspension would be lifted and he would be permitted to play.

Akmal sported two logos instead of the single logo permitted under competition rules during the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy last week.

He was dropped for Pakistan’s recent Twenty20 series against England for his involvement in unspecified “immoral activities” during another domestic match, before the PCB changed course when he was cleared by the police.

Akmal will return home after the three-match series against New Zealand and will not be a part of Pakistan’s one-day international team.

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