Use of DRS not mandatory: ICC

Zeenews Sports Bureau

New Delhi: In a volte face the ICC has now decided that the decision review system (DRS) would no longer be mandatory.

The ICC had taken a decision to make the use of DRS mandatory a couple of months ago, in its annual conference in Hong Kong when Hot Spot was made mandatory subject to availability, and the use of ball-tracking was left to the playing cricketing boards to decide.

The decision came after Indian cricket board, BCCI decided to get rid of the DRS for their home series against England as they still have certain doubts about the Hot Spot.

Earlier, before the England tour BCCI had agreed to the use of Hot Spot technology as they deemed the Ball Tracking System in DRS ineffective.

However, some shortcomings in Hot Spot came to the fore during the English tour which led the BCCI to decide against using the DRS in the limited-overs series against England in India.