ICC annual conference June 27, 2011

Agreement on DRS after Hot Spot is made mandatory


The ICC chief executives' committee (CEC) has unanimously agreed to make a modified version of the Decision Review System (DRS) mandatory in all Tests and one-day internationals. The mandatory terms and conditions for the DRS that have been recommended to the executive board for approval consist of infra-red cameras and audio-tracking devices. The ball-tracking technology has been removed from the ICC's original compulsory list of DRS technologies.

This means India will, for the first time since 2008, be agreeable to using the DRS in a bilateral series when it tours England in July.

However, the DRS used in the England-India series will be without ball-tracking technology. For example, if the ball pitches outside leg stump and the batsman is given lbw, he can appeal against the verdict but the third umpire will not have the benefit of ball-tracking technology to ascertain where the ball pitched. On the other hand, if a batsman is given lbw and he thinks he hit the ball, the Hot Spot will resolve whether there was an edge or not.

The pitch mat was brought up during the discussion as the one element of the ball-tracking technology that could be used in the DRS so that the lbw could be covered using two technologies. It was, however, rejected by the BCCI, which did not want any element of the ball-tracking technology to be part of the modified mandatory requirements for the DRS.

While Hot Spot is the only infrared, thermal-imaging camera available in cricket, audio tracking referred to the high quality "clean and real time" replays from the stump microphones, and not the Snicko, an ICC official confirmed.

The CEC, which also approved the cricket committee's recommendation to reduce the number of unsuccessful reviews in ODIs from two to one, decided that the continued use of the ball-tracking technology as a decision-making aid will depend on the bilateral arrangement between the participating teams. Further independent and expert research will be carried out into the accuracy and reliability of ball-tracking technology.

A decision on how the cost of the DRS would be divided will be taken later. Last week, BCCI vice-president Niranjan Shah had said that the cost of using the DRS was as high as $60,000 per match. According to the ICC, however, that figure is closer to $5000 per day, with a maximum of $25,000 being spent on DRS per Test.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • KISH on June 30, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    I thought Ball tracking is same as the hawkeye. But, the writer of this article says that without the Ball tracking, they won't be able to tell if the ball pitched outside the leg or not. I thought that is an entirely different technology where they just draw a shade between wickets and stop the video when the ball pitches and find out where the ball was pitching. If a DRS is going to be used without this technology, then it a joke of the year. To find out the inside edge (hotspot) and to findout where the ball was pitching and whether or not the pad hit the ball outside the line of the offstump should be the most fundamental aspects of DRS.

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    from the subject of Discussion on DRS the topic is somhow changed to playing capability of Indian cricketers,many people saying that Indians play with pad more than bat. they are talking about legends like sachin lakshman dravid. they better understand that they know how to play more than any other cricketer. And talking about hawk eye, India has suffered and we have seen it in this worldcup. its not about how correct it is,either go for technology fully or leave LBW to the umpire. mixing both is causing cricket, we love cricket because of its simplicity and LBW system is makin it complex. Stand of SAchin was always same,and why India refused UDRS in most series only because there werent hot spot or snickometer. and without these only LBW descion was possible and we saw this in Worldcup. even there also lots of wrong decision were taken

  • Tahir on June 29, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    Still feel that all three technologies i.e. sniko, hotspot and hawkeye should be used together and only upmires should be allowed a decision review. It will help umpires do so some self check in case of doubt. A remote device can be disigned which gives umpire some indication either green or red light. This can be a percentage which will endorse umpires decision. It is disgusting that umpires are treated like servants which is against the very nature of the game where umpire's decision is deemed final.

  • Powderdubdub on June 28, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    I dont think DRS is fully effective without the use of the ball-tracking technology. How the LBW decisions would get resolved without knowing where the ball pitched? Alas money plays such a big role in forcing stupid decisions!!!

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    We've seen evidence of hotspot failing many times. In the very last test between England and Sri Lanks hotspot failed. The opener nicked it, hotspot showed nothing, snicko gave a clear edge (high peaked impact noise) just as the ball passed the bat. The three technologies need to be used together, and people need to understand that there will NEVER BE PERFECTION. Hawkeye is very good - probably the most accurate of the three technologies. It is proven to be far better than the Umpires eye alone, it is accepted without question in tennis. This is not fact V fiction. Hotspot is not "fact" it makes mistakes, as I mentioned above, as will snicko when used alone. We have three senses to bring into play here. sight, sound and touch. Let's use them all. @ crikkfan - this is not an "either/or" situation. It's a "some/all" situation. THis is probably the worse of all situations, and shows the ICC as cowering wimps in the face of BCCI bully tactics. An utter disgrace!.

  • saurabh on June 28, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    I request BCCI to please go for the hawk eyes for the LBW decision bcoz there will be more appealing for lbw decision as indian batsman play with their pads rather then using their bats.

  • Purushothaman on June 28, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    This clearly shows that BCCI follows Sachin Tendulkar's Views... Eariler, Sachin stated DRS are not 100% errorfree, so, it will not be correct if we use the system..Now, Sachin says I am not against DRS, (if) provided Snicometer and Hot spot....

    Sachin, You rule Indian cricket both "On the field as well as Off the filed"...

    Really the "GOD" of Cricket...

  • S on June 28, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    As a few others have noted, Sharda may be wrong here... the pitch mat on replays is not Hawkeye per se. We could still use the pitch mat for the TV umpire to review if the ball pitched outside leg stump on an lbw shout.

  • S on June 28, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    As a few others have noted, Sharda may be wrong here... the pitch mat on replays is not Hawkeye per se. We could still use the pitch mat for the TV umpire to review if the ball pitched outside leg stump on an lbw shout.

  • Randika on June 28, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    @mrmonty: Ball tracing is not thrown under the bus at all :) ust that India 'agreed' to implement DRS in matches that they play without it. All other full member nations WILL use ball tracking in matches that DO NOT involve India, whos eego was too large to accept ball tracking since playing it down for a while, but needed to ensure DRS for the England tour after allegedly been hard done in the first test in WI

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