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November 18, 2009
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has confirmed that the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will be used in the upcoming home Test series against Pakistan. The announcement was made after an agreement was reached with Animation Research Limited, a Dunedin-based company, to supply their Virtual Eye ball-tracking technology.
The review system would also be implemented by Australia during the home Test series against West Indies and Pakistan, according to an AAP report.
"It's exciting that the new decision review system will be up and running for this Test series," NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan said. "This will be the first series in the international calendar to use the new DRS - it's an important advance for international cricket."
Following a series of trials at domestic and international level, the ICC announced in June that the review system would be implemented from October. Cricket's governing body is understood to have communicated that it would not be responsible for the cost burden of the system, leaving boards and/or broadcasters to foot the bill. This led to problems with broadcasters and national boards baulking at the implementation costs. As a result, the UDRS was scrapped for the ongoing India-Sri Lanka Tests, will not be used for the South Africa-England Test series.
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