PCB unlikely to use UDRS for ‘home’ series in UAE

Islamabad: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is unlikely to use the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) in its upcoming ‘home’ series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to a daily, the board’s 140.5 million dollar deal with its broadcaster does not include the provision of the technology.

The deal will expire in 2012.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Executive Board had earlier made the UDRS mandatory for Tests and ODIs.

The governing body had recommended that the technology be used while taking into consideration its availability and various commercial issues that may arise.

With the contrasting timeline of the host broadcaster’s contract, the ICC had also recommended that the member boards should keep the provisions of the UDRS technology in mind when signing a fresh contract.

Pakistan will meet England in three Tests, four ODIs and three Twenty20s in Abu Dhabi and Dubai next year.

Pakistan has not played any home series since a militant attack in Lahore two years ago that wounded seven Sri Lankan players and an assistant coach.

The attack occurred on March 3, 2009, when a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers was fired upon by 12 gunmen, near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The cricketers were on their way to play the third day of the second Test against Pakistan.


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