England in India 2011 October 5, 2011

No Hot Spot for India-England ODIs


Hot Spot will not be used for the upcoming ODI series between India and England, Warren Brennan, the chief executive of BBG Sports, the company behind the technology, has told ESPNcricinfo. Brennan admitted BBG Sports was disappointed with Hot Spot's performance during India's tour of England but also said he believed "it did not have BCCI's support" for the technology following that series.

Brennan's statement suggests a reversal of the agreement reached between the BCCI and BBG Sports earlier in the year to use Hot Spot for India's home season, which also includes a scheduled full series against West Indies.

During India's tour of England, Hot Spot had proved inconclusive during referrals of several appeals for caught-behind and was subsequently criticised by the BCCI.

"BBG Sports is disappointed at how the Hot Spot performed in the UK during the England v India series. There were several incidents where we were hoping for better outcomes from the technology," Brennan told ESPNcricinfo in an e-mail. "Following the comments by Mr Srinivasan on September 20th in relation to Hot Spot and the DRS process, BBG Sports believed it did not have the support of the BCCI and promptly decided not to bring the Hot Spot to India for their upcoming home series."

When contacted, the BCCI said it didn't want to comment on the issue.

Upon taking over as BCCI president, N Srinivasan reverted to the board's original stance against the DRS following Hot Spot's performance on the England tour. In July this year, the BCCI had agreed to a compromise with the ICC wherein Hot Spot was made mandatory in the use of DRS while ball-tracking technology was made optional.

"At the time, we were under the impression that Hot Spot was very good," Srinivasan had said after the BCCI's Annual General Meeting. "It is not necessary for me to dwell on the accuracy of Hot Spot, it was there for everybody to see. The BCCI will, at the next ICC meeting, raise the issue. We want to revisit it because we feel that Hot Spot is insufficient. We do not wish to use the DRS in its present form, even in its minimum standard."

As he had done in an interview on ESPNcricinfo's fortnightly audio show Time Out in July, Brennan reiterated that Hot Spot was not 100% accurate, and needed support all around the sport to be keep improving. "BBG Sports has at no time stated that the Hot Spot is a perfect system," Brennan's email said. "In order to continue to improve the system, BBG Sports needs broadcasters, the ICC and cricket boards to support the Hot Spot and DRS process."

At the start of what will be a packed cricket season, Brennan said BBG Sports was always trying to improve and expand the technology. He said he was confident of Hot Spot's "good use" in series outside of the subcontinent later in the year. "BBG Sports has continued to invest in Hot Spot technology and has purchased four new Hot Spot cameras in the past 6 months which we believe could improve the system dramatically," he said. "These new cameras will be put to good use for series in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia this southern summer."

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ramesh on October 7, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    Technology doesn't matter, it wasn't always there. What matters is how the teams perform :) !! The guests are in TOP form, and so, the hosts can save the series if and only if some Miracles happen.

  • abi on October 7, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    EMERGENCY WARNING TO BCCI !!! Remove dhoni from capaincy and bring new energetic face as capain like 8 years before as dhoni, dhoni has achived alot winning cups, so there is nothing to dream for his life, and he won't be the same anymore as winner. BCCI need to hire someone doctor as their pshycological advisor for this. if not dhoni removed, this series engand will win 5-0 or 5-1, and future will be in heavy damage down to bangalesh in ranking. sorry for dhoni fans, but it is a mind of human psycology.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    The only way BCCI is going to agree on using the 'Technology' is when Sachin Tendulkar is given OUT when he CLEARLY isn't. And this should happen in all the 5 matches. A Pakistani Umpire would be an added catalyst. The Indian media will then make a great hue and cry about BCCI being orthodox and stubborn, and injustice towards Indian players. We will see many interviews with the so called 'experts'. And inevitably BCCI will then succumb to the use of technology. But there is a catch here. After reinstating the technology part, the Hot Spot decisions should not go against any Indian player until the current BCCI top brass retires. Then, I think we have a good future for technologies like Hot Spot in Cricket. P.S.: 1 Bad Decision is always better than 3 Bad Decisions. Grow Up, BCCI!

  • John on October 7, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    It does seem to me that India are above all the directives. Personally I agree with using the technology if it helps get most decisions correct. I just remember the Indians booing when Harbi was LBW to Broad and clearly got an inside edge on it. Had THEY not insisted on doing away with DRS for LBW's then he'd have got a reprieve. It'd be a huge shame if they got some bad decs where hotspot might have helped them wouldn't it?

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    @all DRS supporters.. I am really sick of dis argument.. Okay.. If DRS is that important and very effective, y cant v just send all field umpires to home and just rely on so called Technology and the TV operator.. In future, I doubt cricket wil b played wid robots with 100% accuracy since we need technology in everything.. Personally, my opinion is.. DRS r wtever review system v use should b based only on clear facts and not on any calculations/manipulations/assumptions or so called tracking system..

  • Randolph on October 7, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    The United XI will get torn to shreds, cant wait!

  • Randolph on October 7, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    bad luck England! hahahha

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    Its ok. We should stick the the same technology used in the world cup. After all it gave Sachin's plum LBWS notout against pakistan. Use technology that you can control. Thats the spirit BCCI ! Peace :)

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Let's be clear, this is a financial decision, nothing more. The company with the technology wants to get paid as much as they can. BCCI have made their position clear a number of times, the world cup being the last example. It wasn't a technology issue that saw hot spot not being used for the tournament, it was an inability to come to a financial agreement. BBG wants X amount of dollars and BCCI thinks that is too much. Other cricket associations don't have that problem. It's not surprising because the BCCI is pretty much all about the money. That's often what happens when you get rich, you also get tighter with your budget. BCCI are hiding behind the "reliability" issue which is nonsense when a few sensible tweaks of the laws would mean that hot spot is only taken into consideration when it clearly helps make a decision.

  • Baundule on October 6, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Video umpire gives wrong decisions and the blame goes to the technology. ;)

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