India veto lbw referrals

Tourists unwilling to extend DRS to ball-tracking technology

Last Updated: 21/07/11 8:20am

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There will be no reviews of lbw decisions during England's Test and one-day series against India after the respective boards failed to reach agreement.

Only the minimum standards of infra-red technology and stump microphones will be used for the Decision Review System during the four Tests and five one-day internationals.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vetoed the use of ball-tracking technology, which the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) were in favour of.

The BCCI are noted sceptics of the predictive element of the technology, which TV umpires use to determine whether a ball would have gone on to hit the stumps after impact with the pad.

Disappointed

And, to aid the practical implementation of the reduced system, both boards agreed lbw decisions will not be the subject of review.

"While we are disappointed that the full DRS will not be used to support the umpires, we are pleased that the ECB and BCCI have worked hard to ensure the minimum DRS is used in this much anticipated series," said International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

"It is common knowledge that the ICC and ECB would have liked ball tracking to have been included so that lbw decisions could have also been reviewed, but the last chief executives committee (CEC) and board meeting in Hong Kong agreed to independently confirm the accuracy of ball-tracking technology. This will now take place as a matter of urgency."

The ICC board had agreed a recommendation from the CEC that ball-tracking technology be used only if both participating teams agree.

Not convinced

"We're not really convinced 100 per cent as of now when it comes to the tracking system, especially with the spinners and the kind of bounce the ball generates."
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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni reaffirmed his side's stance at his pre-first Test press conference on Wednesday.

"We're not really convinced 100 per cent as of now when it comes to the tracking system, especially with the spinners and the kind of bounce the ball generates," he said.

"Until we're 100 per cent satisfied we won't go on with something that's not really satisfactory when it comes to our views.

"But of course we are quite happy with HotSpot (infra-red technology). I feel that's a very good technology to be used."

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