DRS will not be used in India-England series

England will play five ODIs and one-off T20 against India on this tour Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Oct 5, 2011

The controversial Umpire Decision Review System (DRS) will not be used in the upcoming five-match One-Day International series between India and England starting October 14.

England team, which arrive in Hyderabad on Tuesday is not aware of this development and their skipper Alastair Cook will be informed about it when he and Indian skipper MS Dhoni meet the match referee before the first ODI, DNA reported.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sources have informed that a consignment of infra-red cameras which is mandatory for HotSpot technology is not arriving in India. It is yet to be known as to who cancelled the order but a strong message has indeed gone to the developers of the technology.

The BCCI is reluctant using the technolgy, and it has openly expressed its dissatisfaction over it. Recently elected BCCI president N Srinivasan had stated that the board will raise its concerns regarding the technolgy in the upcoming ICC meet.

The reliability of Hot Spot was questioned after Team India s recent experience in England. Many decisions had gone against the Indian batsmen, especially against Rahul Dravid.

Another reason being stated regarding the cancellation of the consignment is that the HotSpot owners have put some “bizarre” conditions to ferry the cameras to India.

BCCI president N Srinivasan had earlier said, “We were extremely reluctant to implement DRS and had no belief in the ball-tracking system. The BCCI is not averse to technology and agreed to a minimum usage of DRS including HotSpot at the last ICC meeting in Hong Kong. We were under the impression that Hot Spot was very good. It is not necessary for me to dwell on the accuracy of the technology.”

“It was there for everybody to see. We need to take it to the ICC executive board and we will try to ensure that it is not used,” Srinivasan had recently said. A decision on the issue is expected at the ICC s executive board meeting in Dubai on October 9. Srinivasan will attend that meeting.”

Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed Simon Taufel and Billy Bowden for handling the review system in the India-England series.

“Minimum standard will be used in the series between India and England as we stand,” an ICC spokesman said.

A spokesperson for the England team said they are not aware of the situation. “We are yet to clarify these things. Hopefully we will know when we meet the match referee. The situation is still unclear,” he said.