India to use DRS in international matches at home

BCCI is mulling on the idea to use DRS in the upcoming England’s tour of India Getty Images

New Delhi: Aug 19, 2011

India will be using the Decision Review System (DRS), comprising the audio tracker and Hot Spot infra-red cameras, for the first time in all the 13 home international games later this year.

India have always been very vocal in its criticism of the DRS but it seems the BCCI is warming up for the technology as it will use the DRS for the first time when it hosts England in a bilateral series in October.

The ICC’s new guidelines makes it mandatory to use DRS in Tests and ODIs and Warren Brennan, CEO of BBG Sports, which owns the Hot Spot camera technology, said BCCI has asked for the cameras for India’s home season.

Brennan told ESPNcricinfo that four Hot Spot cameras would be in use for the five ODIs against England and three Tests against the West Indies, while two cameras would be in place during the five-match ODI series against the West Indies.

The BCCI doesn’t have faith and reliability on the ball-tracker technology which is being used in the DRS. It was also not convinced of the system as it is very expensive.

Infact, Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni also share apprehensions about the accuracy of the technology.

Previously “clear stump mikes”, a Super Slo-Mo camera and ball-tracking technology were used in the DRS but under the new regulations, infra-red cameras will replace the ball-tracker system.

Under the mandatory use of DRS, teams can make two unsuccessful appeals against an umpire’s decision per innings, in all formats of the game.

Earlier this year, the DRS, without out the Hot Spot cameras, was used during the 50-over World Cup in the sub-continent. (PTI)