Hawkeye based DRS for all World Cup matches: ICC

New Delhi: The International Cricket Council today said it will use the Decision Review System (DRS) based on technology popularly known as “hawkeye” for all the matches of the cricket World Cup to be held next year.

The world’s cricket governing body, however, said the “hotspot” technology could be used as part of the DRS only in the two semi-finals and the final of the mega event to be held in the Indian sub-continent from Feb-April 2011.

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is known to be in favour of the hotspot technology, which uses infrared sensors to show whether the ball has hit bat, pad or glove.

“All the matches of the World Cup 2011 will have the DRS which will be based on virtual technology (commonly known as hawkeye). It is just that the hotspot technology will not be available for all the matches,” an ICC spokesperson said.

She said with only four cameras available with BBG Sports, the supplier of the hot spot cameras that can distinguish if the ball had hit the bat or not in a review, the technology could be used only for the two semi-final and the final matches.

“ICC is still talking to BBG Sports for those four cameras to be used in two semi-finals and final,” she said, adding two cameras each could be used for each of the semi finals.

The spokesperson also said the ICC is yet to finalise the supplier for the virtual technology as it has asked for quotations from Virtual Eye and Hawkeye, the two firms that provide such services.

The ICC’s clarification comes a day after one of its spokespersons said in Mumbai that the DRS will be used in the four quarterfinals, two semifinals and the final -- a total of seven matches.