Sri Lanka v Australia 2011 July 16, 2011

SLC confirms DRS for Australia series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have confirmed that the DRS will be used in the upcoming home series against Australia, contradicting earlier reports. Sri Lankan media had previously reported that a cash-crunched SLC was looking at saving money by not using the DRS, the technology for which is estimated to cost about US$ 5000 a day.

Upali Dharmadasa, the SLC interim committee chairman, told ESPNcricinfo on Saturday: "The use of DRS is a priority for us, since the decision was taken during the ICC annual conference in Hong Kong, to use it in all series, which all the members agreed to."

A revised version of the DRS, including Hot Spot but not ball-tracking technology, has been made mandatory for all Tests and one-day internationals by the ICC, subject to availability and commercial considerations. National boards can decide whether to add the ball-tracking tools. Dharmadasa said SLC still had a few questions about the DRS that would be resolved by next week. "Regarding the predictive path, we have written to the ICC and the final decision will be taken at the SLC meeting on Wednesday."

The Sri Lankan board has been facing financial difficulties after cost overruns in building stadiums for the 2011 World Cup. Last month, SLC slashed its budget for the tour from 300 million rupees down to 100 million rupees, after the sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said austerity measures had to be taken. Dharmadasa, however, said "funding for DRS is not an issue."

Australia arrive in Sri Lanka at the end of this month for a full tour, including two Twenty internationals, five ODIs and three Tests.

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  • sri on July 19, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    This article's headline appeared on main page in indias version of cricinfo and i searched for some india related comments . @yorkslanka May be you can say the same to your @Gihan Peries who first bought india and indian fans to this totally unrelated article. But i know who is going to benefit from this. Don't you know? :) @Meety AUS 2-0. Common this is subcontinent dude and Muralis absense will not hurt SL much

  • Stud on July 19, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Great Guys. Even in a SL, AU series, some of you just can't leave the no1 cricket team alone. Fascinating to see how people are obsessed with the current no.1. There is no hatred. Its the same problem from centuries ago and no one is brave enough to change it. AU were also hated as no1. Now India is hated as No.1. I personally hate the ranking system. There is already so much competition, what's the point of having team rankings and player rankings. It used to be so much fun 20 years ago and now its no fun only competition. The new generation of so called fabs have got it all too easy and don't see the value of sportsmanship. One of the Best cricket sportsman for me - Imran Khan. You can easily guess my favorite team.

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    @Meety,,, yes I agree with you on the God thing lol :) as for predictions i will tip it in favor of SL (2-0),, because,, both bowling attacks have a lot to prove after the retirements of star bowlers,,,, and for both sides batting will be their strength,, and mainly because its played in SL, I will give our batters the advantage because they know the tracks and the conditions (being home soil) better than the Aussies,,,,,

  • Andrew on July 19, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    @Lalanka de Silva - interesting comment re: Gods. I suppose its easier for a country that has plenty of actual worshipped deities to just add a few more (cricketers)! I too am hoping for a good tough series but like Andrew gray - hoping for an Aussie win, predict 2-0 but SL in with a BIG chance every game.

  • North on July 18, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Looks like SLC is competing with PCB.

  • Sam on July 18, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Having the DRS will be a benefit in what should be a great series. It is no secret that Australia have come back to the pack a bit and Sri Lanka are a canny side. I am a bit disappointed that ball-tracking technology is not being used. If the third umpire has all available aids then he is likely to make the best decision. Harper did raise a good point on frame rates also. I wonder what the cost of that is? Would make the 3rd Umpire a sure fire bet for making all the right decisions.

  • Dummy4 on July 18, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    @Andrew Gray,, nice observations mate, i share a similar sentiment to yours,, except for the fact that I support SL,,, its heartening too see some comments that are sensible :) unlike some who go to ridicules lengths to state their support to a team and even going to the extend of comparing players to GODS. I hope the series will be closely fought with some interesting cricket on display :) Good Luck SL!!

  • Dummy4 on July 18, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    Hard to know what is going on with Sri Lankan cricket when on consecutive days - completely different statements were released by SLC! Anyways - the right decison is made to have UDRS. Interesting series is looming. Can Oz bounce back from a poor last start & can SL find a way in the post Murali era? I'm hoping the Ashes were a blip & a return to winning ways to be had in SL. I think trying to bowl a side out twice in a match that contains Sanga, Mahela, & Samaweera on home soil will be VERY tough. I dunno whether SL have the bowling attack to take Oz down unless it is played on pitches that are totally devoid of grass & bounce, (hopefully they'll be sporting strips).

  • harsha on July 18, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    SLC is giving PCB a run for its money as the most chaotic board around.

  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Good Going Sri Lanka well done by board. I think DRS Technology should use. Its a modern cricket :)

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