India likely to use DRS in England Test series at home

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Bengaluru, Oct 14: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could use the Umpire Decision Review System (DRS) for the first time at home in the 5-Test series against England.

Ind-Eng series schedule; Kohli speaks on DRS

According to a report in England's "Daily Mail" newspaper, the International Cricket Council (ICC) and ball-tracking system Hawk-Eye's representatives will be in India next week to hold talks about DRS.

Indian players celebrate after winning the third Test against New Zealand in Indore recently

"Nothing has been formally agreed yet, but ICC general manager Geoff Allardice will travel to India next week with a Hawk-Eye representative as part of the governing body's attempts to standardise the use of the DRS in all international cricket," the report said on Thursday (October 13).

England are set to play 5 Tests in India from November 9 in Rajkot. The series ends in Chennai on December 20. The team heads back home and will return in January 2017 to play 3 One Day Internationals and a same number of Twenty20 Internationals.

India are against DRS since they were not convinced about the ball-tracking technology used by Hawk-Eye. India played under DRS in Sri Lanka in 2008 but felt they were on the wrong end of the technology. Since then, India don't use DRS in bilateral series.

It is left to the competing boards to decide on the use of DRS in Test series. India is the only country which has strongly opposed DRS.

Recently, India's Test captain Virat Kohli hinted that DRS coudl be introduced soon. He was speaking in Kolkata last month before the 2nd Test against New Zealand.

"We will certainly look to probably introduce it (DRS) in future. Some things can be debated like ball tracking and hawk eye. I personally feel these are things that can be debated on. We don't have DRS, so we cannot blame umpires. Once DRS is in place, then we can think about it," Kohli had said.

During bilateral series, each team has 2 reviews. The on-field umpire's decisions can be contested and with the help of the TV umpire, it is overturned or upheld. DRS is used by batsmen while batting and by the fielding captain.

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