BCCI to include DRS on trial basis for England Tests
New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will deploy the controversial Decision Review System in the forthcoming Test series between India and England on a trial basis to evaluate the improvements made to it over a period of time.
The system will be allowed to be used by the BCCI in its overall capacity, a BCCI statement said.
A BCCI team accepted its use only after evaluating the improvements made to the system in a meeting with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Hawkeye officials.
The BCCI team expressed satisfaction that most of the concerns and suggestions that were expressed by them over a period of time, were addressed to a significant extent.
The significant changes, which have been effected, include the introduction of ultramotion cameras will address issues with regard to calculating the predictive path which allows the ball tracking, to be more accurate.
DRS will also have manual intervention to set the impact point has been controlled by the introduction of the “Ultra edge”, which will help in determining the frame of impact.
The technology Ultra edge will also ensure that post impact balls do not affect the predicted path or impact point, improving the accuracy of the path of the ball.
Hawkeye has also developed a technology to record and save all images of action in case an operator fails to arm the tracking system, so that the images can be rewound and replayed, eliminating the possibility of an operator missing a delivery could lead to a Leg Before Decision (LBW) appeal being missed.
Additional cameras will be installed so that there is redundancy and also provide 100 percent reliable spin vision for DRS, as recommended by BCCI.
BCCI President Anurag Thakur was present during the presentation.
“We are happy to note that Hawkeye has institutionalised all the recommendations made by BCCI, and we confirm that this improved version of DRS will be used on a trial basis during the forthcoming series against England and based on the performance of the system and the feedback that we will receive, further continuation in forthcoming series will be decided,” he said in the statement.
“We recognise the enhanced role of technology in sport and BCCI will lead such initiatives in coming days, and enrich the viewer experience.”
BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said, “With MIT endorsing the enhancements made in the system on the basis of recommendations made by the BCCI, we are convinced that such technology should be utilised in supporting correct decision making.”
“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.”
India will host England from November 9 to February 1 for a five Tests, three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three T20s.