No DRS system for India-Australia series

Mumbai: The much debated Decision Review System will not be used in the forthcoming Test and ODI series between hosts India and Australia.

“There won’t be any DRS in the series. We have already written to the International Cricket Council,” said Cricket Board’s CAO, Prof Ratnakar Shetty here on Saturday.

Australia, who are set to arrive on September 21, are to play two Tests (at Mohali and Bangalore) and three ODIs (at Kochi, Vishakapatnam and Goa).

Asked if the DRS could be used in next year’s Cricket World Cup to be held in the sub-continent, Shetty, who is also the Tournament Director, said it was an ICC event and the world body called the shots over the issue.

On July 1, the ICC Executive Board met in Singapore and approved 13 recommendations relating to the use of DRS in Test matches and the 2011 World Cup following recommendations from its Cricket Committee and minor amendments from the Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC).

One of the decisions was that the host member board would determine whether to use DRS in home Test series (following consultation with the visiting country).

It was also agreed that DRS would be used in 2011 World Cup if agreement can be reached with the ICC’s broadcast partner ESPN STAR Sports, the host countries (Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka) and if there is sufficient technology available to operate DRS in a global event.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said after the meeting that the world governing body for the game was eager to use DRS in cricket’s mega event.

“We have all seen the benefits of using DRS to assist umpires in Test cricket and we are now keen to use DRS in the ICC Cricket World Cup,” he had said.


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