Lorgat promises ICC inquiry into DRS

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Haroon Lorgat

International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the investigation is in response to the ECB's letter of complaint

International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat has guaranteed a “full and comprehensive investigation” into England’s concerns about the decision review system and its use in the Wanderers Test.

In a media release this morning, ECB chairman Giles Clarke expressed his “grave concerns” about the process which led to South Africa captain Graeme Smith being given not out caught behind on his way to a hundred yesterday - adding he was intent on raising the issue “at the highest level” with the ICC.

The world governing body responded this afternoon, Lorgat issuing a statement confirming the matter will be reviewed in detail.

Smith survived on day two of the final Test when third umpire Daryl Harper detected no reason, from the audio/video feed at his disposal, to overturn on-field official Tony Hill’s not out verdict.

This afternoon’s ICC statement read: “The chief executive of the International Cricket Council will ensure a full and comprehensive investigation is carried out of issues involving technology and the decision review system (DRS) as applied during the fourth Test between South Africa and England in Johannesburg, following controversy and receipt of an official complaint from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).”

Lorgat added: “We have received a letter of complaint from the ECB and we will launch a formal investigation into the exact circumstances surrounding the application of the decision review system after completion of the Johannesburg Test match.

“There is a large amount of controversy, speculation and potentially unfair criticism circulating at present - so it is important to establish the exact facts before reaching any final conclusions.

“This is early days for the DRS, and so far we are pleased with its effectiveness and the value it can add to the game in support of umpires.

“However, we have always acknowledged there is room for further improvement in the available technology - and this investigation will be conducted in that light, so the system becomes even more reliable.”

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