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Published: Sat, October 22, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

India to 'trial' DRS for England Tests

India to 'trial' DRS for England Tests

The decision review system will be used in England's Test series in India starting next month after the hosts agreed to "trial" the technology.

It is no secret that Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar had his reservations against the DRS while current limited-over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has also opposed it, saying technology should be used only if it was 100 per cent accurate.

India have agreed to trial the decision review system (DRS) in their upcoming five-match Test series against England, starting in November. Their current coach Anil Kumble, who is also the chief of ICC cricket committee, had made a visit to MIT before he took over his India job to be apprised of the latest development in the technology.

India last used the DRS in a bilateral series back in 2008 against Sri Lanka and have never implemented it after that in a bilateral series.

Incidentally, Kumble also heads the ICC Cricket Committee, which visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) previous year to assess an upgraded version of the system with revised ball-tracking technology and "hot spot", areas which the BCCI had taken termed "unreliable" in the past.

According to the BCCI, the significant changes to the system include the introduction of high-speed ultramotion cameras for predicting the path of the ball and Ultra Edge which will help in determining the frame of impact. The inconsistency in the predictive path of the ball after delivery, and impact in lbw decisions, was long a bone of contention for the BCCI. In case the person handling the ball tracking fails to arm the tracking system, the images can be collaborated and played for the umpire to make a decision.

"We recognise the enhanced role of technology in sport and BCCI will lead such initiatives in coming days, and enrich the viewer experience", he added. "While recognising that improvements in technology are ongoing, BCCI will continue to include any and all such path breaking interventions, to further the cause of the sport", he said.

The five-match Test series between India and England will be played between 9th November and 20th December and it will be followed by a three One-Day Internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals.

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