DRS on 'trial basis' for India-England Test series, confirms BCCI

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Bengaluru, Oct 21: The 5-match Test series between India and England starting next month, will have the umpire Decision Review System (DRS), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed today (October 21).

Ind-Eng series schedule

The Indian cricket board, which has always opposed DRS, will use it on a "trial basis" for the home series, which starts on November 9 in Rajkot.

Indian players celebrate a wicket during the recently concluded Test series against New Zealand

The decision was taken after a meeting between BCCI, International Cricket Council (ICC) and ball-tracking technology "Hawykeye" officials.

"The Board of Control for Cricket in India will deploy the Decision Review System, in toto, in the forthcoming series between India and England starting from the 9th of Nov 2016, on a trial basis to evaluate the improvements made to the system, over a period of time," BCCI said in a media advisory on Friday (October 21).

"In the meeting with the ICC and the Hawkeye officials, the improvements made to the system were further evaluated by the BCCI team, who were satisfied that most of the concerns and suggestions that were expressed by BCCI over a period of time, were addressed to a significant extent," it added.

BCCI president Anurag Thakur, who was present throughout the presentation, said, "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. We recognise the enhanced role of technology in sport and BCCI will lead such initiatives in coming days, and enrich the viewer experience."

Ajay Shirke, secretary of BCCI, 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."

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.

# Manual intervention to set the impact point has been controlled by the introduction of the 'Ultra edge', which has been approved by MIT and will help in determining the frame of impact.

# Ultraedge also ensures that post impact balls do not affect the predicted path or impact point and hence the accuracy has been improved.

# Earlier, there was a possibility that the operator would have missed a delivery and hence a LBW appeal could have been missed. Now, Hawkeye has developed the technology to record and save all images so that in case an operator fails to arm the tracking system, the images can be rewound and replayed.

# Basis the recommendation from BCCI, additional cameras have been installed so that there is redundancy and also provide 100% reliable spin vision for DRS.

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