England v Bangladesh, 1st Test, Lord's May 25, 2010

Decision Review System ditched over cost issues

Cricinfo staff

The aim of expanding the use of the Umpire Decision Review System (DRS) has hit another stumbling block after it was ditched from the forthcoming England-Bangladesh series due to cost two days before the opening Test at Lord's.

ICC and Sky, the host broadcaster for the series, failed to reach an agreement over who would foot the bill so the enhanced third-umpire technology won't be available on Thursday or for the second Test at Old Trafford next week. This isn't the first time that cost has been an issue in trying to use the system, with the previous series between these two teams, in Bangladesh, also played without technology.

However, this latest occasion comes just days after the ICC's Cricket Committee pushed for the DRS to be used in all Tests after a revamped version was introduced over the last 12 months around the world.

"Despite constructive negotiations with the host broadcaster we have been unable to reach agreement on the allocation of costs for DRS," an ICC spokesman said. "The whole question of DRS costs will be raised at the next ICC board meeting in Singapore in June and, depending on the outcome of the board meeting, we may revisit the question of DRS for the rest of the English summer."

England's most recent experience with the DRS sparked controversy during the final Test against South Africa, at Johannesburg, in January when Daryl Harper didn't overturn a not-out decision against Graeme Smith despite an edge being audible on replays. An investigation into the incident is ongoing, but despite the frustrations at the Wanderers, Andy Flower, the England coach, ended the series broadly in favour of using the extra technology.

ICC have said that the level of correct decision-making when using the system has risen from 92% to around 97%. In the short-term the absence of the DRS over the next two weeks has meant that Aleem Dar, the Pakistan umpire who was due to be the TV official, is no longer needed at Lord's as only traditional line decisions will be referred and he has been replaced by England's Richard Illingworth.

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  • Jason on May 27, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Those suggesting that umpires 'play for england' I suggest you review the recent series in SA, where England were on the end of some really bad decisions by one particular umpire, England (along with SA) rightfully reported the said umpire to the ICC...@amhangers, I believe every test match should have at least one Elite umpire regardless of the status of one or both teams, unfortunately all the eligable Elite umpires where standing in the IPL at the time which i think is wholey wrong. Regarding the ICC, I would have thought they would listen to a full member, and they do seem to be pushing hard for the URDS in all formats, unfortunately they will need to make arrangements with the TV companies that own the rights and the equipment that allow the TV umpire to get this data, as there are additional costs involved in facilitaing the feed to the third umpire.

  • Wanderer on May 27, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    I blame this on the shyster Rupert Murdoch (he who owns BSKYB). Why can't he front the money? It's their TV money which is pretty much keeping ECB coffers in good health, so why can't he come to some sort of decision on the matter? Penny pinching ways, maybe not so rich after all (such a pity...).

  • Baundule on May 26, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    Who cares? The UDRS with its current style of operation (i.e., if not a clear proof, field umpire's decision holds) is practically useless for even 60-40 decisions. Umpires do always play for England and the review of only two of those decisions will not count much anyway.

  • Damien on May 26, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    Gee, according to Rakesh Sharma we should all just bow down and be grateful that Good Old India is letting us all enjoy some Cricket! Whew! Thanks Rakesh. Don't know what I would have done without all of India's money for Cricket. Don't suppose you could convince the BCCI to come up with the money for the UDRS for the England v BD series, could you? We'd be ever so grateful, sir....

  • Arun on May 26, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    @SachinIsTheGreatest: Ashes is a big deal, and is therefore commercially viable. Cost is not an issue as far as the Ashes is concerned. It is, when a team that should probably not be playing international test cricket (but for the Asian block's need in the 1990s to strengthen their position in the ICC) tours England. And they will be thrashed royally. It's not the sort of contest where URDS really matters. Eng vs Aus, sure. Eng vs Ban? Geoffrey's mom would make double hundreds against them, and then take a 5-for. The fact of the matter is, URDS or no URDS, they're an ordinary side in tests (as the prophet Sehwag said). They've lost 90% of the games they've played (and they are numerous... India won its 22nd test. SRL is near there. These guys are nearing 80 with most of them losses). If they don't lose by an innings in Eng, it'll be a big deal. Ban needs to play A sides and learn how to bat long periods before playing with the big boys. Same with the current Zim side.

  • Jason on May 26, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    @Kalim-Bangladesh that is without a doubt the funniest thing I've heard for a long long long long time: "Sub-continents teams, for decades together, suffered due to poor/partial umpiring decisions" lmao!!!! Yes those poor poor sub continent teams with their home umpires who'd have their finger already on its way up to upholding an lbw decision while the bowler was still only in his deliver stride!!! The extent of their suffering was incredible- luckily they don't have to put up with their unfair home umpires in test matches any more.

  • sam on May 26, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    @ YorkshirePudding Do you believe that would make any effect by appealing to ICC?; ICC, who can grant the situation of two systems for one Test world (UDRS and non-UDRS or absence of elite-panel umpires for matches against BD or other low-'profitable' teams)?

    If there were UDRS system in the Dhaka Test (or 3rd ODI at Mirpur), and have a chance to review on England's first innings 3 shouts (as well Tamim's 1st innings out), where would be the lead at that day, and the result? How come misfortune of 'diffy' decisions only come to one side and especially on the crucial and rare moments for an improving side (quite a few in number). And then everybody only blame that side under-performing, and can't remember those crucial moments which can turn the match. Few wins/good figures can boost up and push a side to next step, please dont deprive them of that.

    @SachinIsTheGreatest: great comment!!

  • Jason on May 26, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    @plmx, I did get one thing wrong in my previous post a 92% error is not 3 mistakes per innings, its 3 mistakes per match....As for the BD mistakes being Targeted, you seem to be suggesting some consipracy here, if you have the proof I suggest that you goto the ICC anti-corruption unit and ask them to investigate the umpires. BD was not the only team that had some iffy decisions go agaisnt them, England were in the the same series, and im not talking about Trotts dismissal, the england bowlers had several very close good LBW's turned down, at least 2 where plumb in the first innings of the 2nd test.....@bd_zindabad, i dont like what you're suggesting which is that the umpires have some how been subverted, and are biased against BD, again i suggest to write to the ICC and raise this issue with the anti-corruption unit.

  • Kalim on May 26, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    This in deed is shame, a team like England shouldn't have taken this short cut way to win a series which has always been in their favor in sporting capabilites. Last time also Shakib spoke strongly against this non use UDRS I wonder what would have been the case had that been against Australia or against South Africa. Sub-continents teams, for decades together, suffered due to poor/partial umpiring decisions and it seems it will continue for some more years, especially for Bangladesh.

  • Rakesh on May 26, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    People from Indian subcontient fails to understand that without India in equation Cricket is actually a very very very poor game.

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