No referrals in England-Bangladesh series

Last Updated: May 25, 2010, 23:52 PM IST

London: Cricket`s controversial umpire decision review system (DRS) will not be used in the upcoming two Tests between England and Bangladesh, it was revealed today -- just two days before the series opener.

Talks between the International Cricket Council (ICC) and host broadcaster Sky failed to reach agreement on the allocation of costs for the system`s use and so it will not feature at either Lord`s, where the first Test starts on Thursday, or at Old Trafford, where the series finale begins a week on Friday.

An immediate consequence of doing without DRS is that Aleem Dar, due to be the third umpire at Lord`s, has been replaced by England`s Richard Illingworth as the Pakistani`s expertise is no longer considered necessary.

Under DRS -- which the ICC want used as extensively as possible in Tests -- teams are allowed two referrals per innings where they can challenge an on-field umpire`s decision, with the third umpire using television technology to decide whether the men in the middle have got it right.

However, this option won`t be available in the England-Bangladesh series, where DRS was set to be used in England for the first time, although on-field officials will still be able to refer line decisions such as run-outs and stumpings to the third umpire.

An ICC spokesman told AFP via telephone today: "Despite constructive negotiations with the host broadcaster (Sky) we have been unable to reach agreement on the allocation of costs for DRS.”

Under DRS -- which the ICC want used as extensively as possible in Tests -- teams are allowed two referrals per innings where they can challenge an on-field umpire`s decision, with the third umpire using television technology to decide whether the men in the middle have got it right.

However, this option won`t be available in the England-Bangladesh series, where DRS was set to be used in England for the first time, although on-field officials will still be able to refer line decisions such as run-outs and stumpings to the third umpire.

An ICC spokesman told AFP via telephone today: "Despite constructive negotiations with the host broadcaster (Sky) we have been unable to reach agreement on the allocation of costs for DRS.”

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