"Ball-tracking is standard in DRS at the moment, and we won't see that changing," said Geoff Allardice    Getty Images
“Ball-tracking is standard in DRS at the moment, and we won’t see that changing,” said Geoff Allardice Getty Images

The ICC is working hard to have an edge-detection tool in the form of Realtime Snicko, UltraEdge or HotSpot, while they aim to have Hawk-eye as the minimum requirement for the DRS to have in place. Nevertheless, it would decided by Anil Kumble, who heads the ICC cricket committee, during a planned meeting with the respective cricket boards in February 2017, and on how to move ahead with the technology in the future. As for ICC, they could most likely make the DRS mandatory for every Test matches played around the world, regardless of the place or nation it is played. Kumble’s role “instrumental” in assessing upgraded DRS, feels Allardice

“I look at matches in different parts of the world, and I see the different levels of technology and you see umpires are left without conclusive evidence in one series where in another series they might have conclusive evidence with all tools available. There are some logistical challenges as well about having every type of technology in every match but I think overall we should be striving for a more consistent delivery of technology at all international matches,” said Geoff Allardice, reports espncricinfo.com.

“Ball-tracking is standard in DRS at the moment, and we won’t see that changing. I think you certainly need an edge-detection tool as a standard. If you go back to times gone by with the umpires listening to the stump microphone audio and trying to judge whether that was the sound of bat on ball or bat on pad or whatever, it was very difficult to make a decision [for the umpire] and also for the people watching at home to know what the umpire was thinking. And sound-based edge detection systems like Realtime Snicko and UltraEdge have simplified those kinds of decisions,” he added. Twitterati react to BCCI’s decision of opting for DRS in IND – ENG Test series

About edge detection tools, HotSpot can be a good option, but the the technology poses logistical challenges for many countries. India, who have been hesitant in using DRS, will be using it for the first time at home in the upcoming Test series against England, with every technology in place, except for the Hotspot, as the cameras used are high-end military cameras that require special permissions from the government to be shipped.

“If we get the support of members for the ICC to take a greater role in providing consistent technology at every game, we think that’s the right way to go forward. If we can map that out to the countries, and they like that, then the plan will be to start putting it in place. Generally in DRS series, we deliver 97 to 98% correct decisions, and what that does is provide a consistency of correct decisions, whether the conditions are difficult for umpiring, or whether the umpire is having a good day or a bad day,” said Allardice. IND vs ENG: BCCI agrees to use DRS for Test series

“At this stage, I wouldn’t see us wanting to be technology providers ourselves, because the expertise and product development work that’s taken place over a long period of time, has been conducted by the technology providers. But I think there is a greater role for the ICC in the coordination of technology that goes to each match, and the oversight of the performance at matches,” he added.

Speaking on the impact of DRS on umpires, Allardice said, “It’s quite a test for an umpire in those conditions, because you can often be making good umpiring decisions that are later proven to be incorrect. Like getting a glove on a sweep shot that then leads to an lbw being overturned.”

“One of the skills of an umpire at all levels, whether there is DRS or not, is his resilience to mistakes. In the old days, you used to find out when you came off the field whether you had made a mistake or not, and now that feedback is a little bit more immediate. And being able to process feedback about your decisions, and then try to either use it to improve your decision making, or to not let it affect your decision making, is the thing that determines an elite umpire from the next level down,” he concluded.