India news August 19, 2011

India to use DRS for home internationals


The Decision Review System (DRS), comprising the audio tracker and Hot Spot infra-red cameras, will be used for the first time in a bilateral series in India later this year. India had, till recently, strongly opposed the DRS but will now use the system in all 13 home international games before the tour of Australia in keeping with the ICC's new guidelines that make it mandatory for Tests and ODIs.

Warren Brennan, CEO of BBG Sports, which own the Hot Spot camera technology, confirmed that the BCCI had asked for the cameras to be set up in place 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 use during the five-match ODI series against the West Indies.

During its annual conference in June, the ICC had made the DRS mandatory in Tests and ODIs with a minimum requirement of the audio tracker and infra red cameras. In its announcement, the ICC had, "unanimously recommended universal standards for the usage of technology in decision-making (Decision Review System) in all Test matches and ODIs subject to availability and commercial considerations." The "availability and commercial considerations" were brought into play as the Hot Spot technology - the only infra-red cameras being used in cricket - is an expensive tool which must be paid for by the home boards and/or broadcasters. It is why the current Zimbabwe v Bangladesh series does not feature the DRS, with the two boards agreeing on not using it.

The BCCI's earlier objection to the DRS was based on its lack of belief in the reliability of the ball-tracker technology used in the DRS and the expenses involved in the Hot Spot cameras, which they pegged at US$60,000 per match, while estimates had it down to $5000 per day and a maximum of $25,000 per Test.

Previously the mandatory requirements for the DRS were "clear stump mikes", a Super Slo-Mo camera and ball-tracking technology. The new regulations have, however, left ball-tracker out of the mandatory requirements but incorporated the infra-red cameras.

The acceptance and use of Hot Spot cameras will mark another step in the BCCI warming to the DRS. Hot Spot cameras were not used during the ICC World Cup earlier this year over issues of the speed of security clearances.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    After opposing that initially, now they started inviting crocodiles in their own yard by digging cannels.

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    does any1 knw wen this series is scheduled?is it one dayers only or they r playing tests aswell?can sum1 kindly let me know

  • Mohsin on August 20, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Use hawkeye only if frame rates r at least 100 as hawkeye people recommend not the unreliable 50 fps used in world cup

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    I request the BCCI to use the hawkeye for lbw as the indian pitches will have low bounce and so many lbw decision will come into play.So i request to the board to please use the ball tracking for lbw.

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    and what about the t20 against england

  • Phil on August 20, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    the ICC has itself underestimated the value of the on field Umpire by coming with the UDRS or DRS etc. By allowing the players to challenge the on field umpires decisions, the ICC is breaking the aura of the Umpire, I feel if at all the UDRS or DRS is to be used than it should be the prerogative of the Authority on the playing field namely the on field Umpires. So why is it not possible for the umpires to use the technology which is used in UDRS / DRS and give the correct decision concurring with the 3rd, 4th or the TV Umpire. Remove the players right to challenge the Umpires decision, try this system out in a couple of series and see how it works. Hawkeye, ball tracking etc. have loopholes and are not 100% certain, so let the human eye / mind do the right thinking in arriving to a correct decision, after all the whole aim of the exercise is to make all decisions fair and correct, as much as possible.

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    It will be the Indian batsman who will pay the penalty for not using the whole technology as already happen in the now test been played.

  • Phil on August 20, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    My personal view is that India's reluctance to use the full DRS is based on their improper usage of the system, and to note India has used it only once in a whole series untill the current series. The main problem or reluctance of India and Dhoni in particular not using the system, I believe is, he is not sure of how and when to refer a certain decision. Going back to the Ind/S.L series of 2008, the Sri Lankans were more successfull in their referals than India because they used it in proper situations - when they were actually absolutely sure that the ball was going to hit the stumps - and this they made sure by the like of Mendis and Murali bowling the right length and in the wickets channels all the time, therefore their major referals were successfull, unlike India, which one must say their line and length and angle of deliveries are always outside the wickets channell most of the time. But I fail to understand how ICC is allowing India to choose what they want and what not.

  • Mohsin on August 20, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Drs or no drs. Its a trivial issue now. Main thing is to address the administrative nd selectorial blunders that our board has made. BCB nd CA have laid examples to follow. If not a review of this disaster, at least make a start by admitting mistakes were made not by players but by their administration to prioritize limited overs cricket nd not test cricket. Will the board still b adamant now saying that players can ask for rest when they want bt they shdnt complain of the schedules?Throw the politicians out, get former players in. Will the bcci dare?

  • Mark on August 20, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    DRS is pointless without hawkeye... this decision is meaningless

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