“I invented DRS, it should be named after me” says Sri Lanka lawyer

Asanga Seneviratne, vice-President of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board, believes the DRS (Decision Review System) was invented by Senaka Weeraratna and should be named after him.

The Colombo-based lawyer first had idea of allowing players to challenge umpires’ wrong decisions and claims he sent his DRS ideas to the SLC in 1997. He requested the Sri Lankan authorities forward it to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The system has since been used by the ICC and has now become a part of the majority of international Test and One Day International matches. It is currently being used in the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

It was first used in Test cricket on 1 October 2009.

“I have gone thru these documents and feel we should revisit this issue seriously,” said Seneyiratne. “I think we should hand this (lawyer’s claim) over to our legal team to study and make a recommendation, if it merits serious consideration, to be officially and legally taken up with the ICC.”

Asanga Seneviratne has also requested the matter be discussed at the next EXCO on his behalf.

“I want the authorship of this system and ICC should acknowledge this”, the lawyer has said to this website.

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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