DRS to be used in Pakistan-England Tests
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