No ‘Decision Review System’ in any ‘Pak home Test series’ till 2012: PCB official

October 30th, 2010 - 5:38 pm ICT by ANI  

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Karachi, Oct 30 (ANI): The Umpire Decision Review System
(DRS) will not be enforced in the forthcoming Test series between Pakistan and
South Africa, as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has no prior agreement with
its broadcasters for using this technology.

“There is no agreement with the broadcasters on the issue at
present but when a new deal is signed in 2012, we will bring up the matter,”
the Daily Times quoted PCB official Zakir Khan, as saying, referring to
Pakistan’s deal with Ten Sports.

Pakistan will not be able to use the DRS in any of its home
series until 2012. The Test series against South Africa in the UAE is also
Pakistan’s ‘home’ series, but since the Proteas declined to tour Pakistan
because of security issues, the series was moved to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The DRS, which is presently under review by International
Cricket Council (ICC), and has been used on experimental basis by some boards
in their home series, allows players to challenge and overturn umpires’
decisions twice in an innings.

The ICC and some boards, including that of Australia, South
Africa and England have been keen to have the DRS technology implemented in all
Tests, and some players have spoken up in favour of it as well. The ICC is also
planning to use the technology in the 2011 World Cup, the paper said.

However, the DRS has met with resistance from some boards,
including India, because of its high cost. According to sources, ‘Ten Sports’
was also not keen to use it in the current series in the UAE because of cost
issues.

Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam said, “The DRS is very
beneficial for the game. But it’s expensive to use and maybe this is the reason
why we won’t see it in the series against South Africa. Although it makes the
game more error-free, the use of it is very tactical.” (ANI)

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