Pakistan v England, 2011-12 December 9, 2011

DRS to be used in Pakistan-England Tests

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Pakistan's "home" series against England, to be played in the UAE from January 2012, will have DRS for the Tests in addition to the ODIs as previously decided. The PCB's current sponsorship deal for the DRS, under which the ODIs in this series and those already played against Sri Lanka were covered, has been extended to include Tests but not the Twenty20 internationals.

There will be no Hot Spot but ball-tracking technology provided by Hawk-Eye will be used in the DRS.

"The PCB believes in technology and we were very keen to get the Test series covered with DRS too," PCB's General Manager media Nadeem Sarwar told ESPNcricinfo. "Our marketing department has done a great job to convince the sponsor and the DRS will bring added value to the Test series."

In October, the PCB had signed a deal with Pepsi to cover the cost of DRS for only the one-dayers against Sri Lanka and England in the UAE.

"We are now hosting the [England] series with only Hawk-Eye for the DRS without the Hot Spot version. Since the use of this expensive technology was not part of the deal signed with the broadcaster [Ten Sports] but we will be considering the option in our new deal."

A deal with the broadcaster was renewed in November 2008 for five years according to which Ten Sports held the telecast and distribution rights for international tours including all Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 matches without the use of DRS technology.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • John on December 11, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    @FLying.Horse on (December 11 2011, 16:27 PM GMT) - I'm with you. There are possibly times when DRS can be flawed , but I'd say that the majority of the time it helps the umpires come to the correct decision. What amuses me is the nations that refuse to use the full system and then boo about bad umpiring decisions which would have been overturned with the complete DRS in force

  • Alam on December 11, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Fully Support DRS,,Caz Sumtimes 1 Bad Decision By the NEUTRAL UMPIRES,, Can Change the Whole Sinerio ov Match,, So Y Dont v Use Technology IF Avialable to Get Rid Ov Unwanted Bad Taste in Cricket?

  • Randolph on December 11, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, not that you will need the DRS to roll a hapless United XI

  • John on December 10, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    @Stark62 - Neutral umpires , no bias. Anyway , if there were some contentious decs which went Engs way , can you honestly say that Pak have never had any any luck in that dept. Also the 2010 Eng wins were by margins of 354 runs , 9 wickets and an inns and 225 runs and don't really suggest that a few dodgy decisions would have altered the results

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    why no match at sharjah.. disappointed

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    its a good thing for the game bro

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    that is 5n for cricket nice decision pakistan will win insha allah.boom boom will rock

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    HOW CAN U EVER FIND ANYTHING SO PERFECT OR FLAWLESS, BUT HEADS UP TO PCB AND ECB FOR TAKING A BRAVE DECISSION,HOWEVER SOME OF THE CRICKET BOARDS ARE AGAINST IT, AND WHY ALL KNOW WHY IS THAT, DON'T WE.IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FLAWS IN TECHNOLOGY.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Ii is good for cricket. hot spot should be used as well.

  • John on December 10, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    It's good news that DRS will be used but this highlights that the ongoing impediment to DRS, other than the BCCI's objections, is cost. There have recently been some questions about HotSpot's ability to detect some thin edges and that seems to have been addressed, with an improved version of HotSpot in use in Australia. I'm guessing that this new version is more expensive than the old though, so it's less likely to be used in many cases. The BCCI has the most money but they're unlikely to agree to providing anyone with any assistance in using DRS. The ECB likely has more means than the PCB so could be looked to to help out in this series but they've just lost a lot of funding due to participation targets not being reached.

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