ECB wants BCCI to implement DRS during India-England series

England will be coming to India on October 30 to play a four-match Test series Getty Images

London, May 23, 2012

England and Wales Cricket Board has written to the BCCI, asking for the implementation of Decision Review System during England’s four-match Test series later this year, though it was not optimistic of the Indian Board agreeing to it, a media report said on Wednesday.

India have strongly resisted the use of the DRS because of their senior players’ doubts over its accuracy and it was not used when the two teams met in England last summer.

A report in the ‘Daily Telegraph‘ said that “the ECB has written to the Indian Board, asking for the implementation of the DRS during the Test series (beginning November 15).”

“But insiders at the ECB privately concede that attempts to persuade their Indian counterparts to employ it will be futile ahead of the Test series, which starts in Ahmedabad on November 15,” the report said.

“England believe the decision review system benefits their attack, particularly Graeme Swann,” it said.

According to the report, England regard the tour of India as important as an Ashes series, a view underlined with the inclusion of three warm-up matches in the itinerary mirroring their last trip to Australia.

“(Caoch) Andy Flower acknowledged his team’s long break after the English summer last year could have contributed to their poor performances in the Emirates (against Pakistan).

The itinerary for the India trip shows he is attempting to avoid a repeat of that mistake,” the report said.

England will spend three days at a training camp at the ICC’s Global Cricket Academy in Dubai before flying to India for their first warm-up match in Mumbai on October 30.(PTI)