BCCI agrees to use DRS on experimental basis
NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has agreed to use Decision Review System (DRS) in bilateral series on an experimental basis starting against England later this year.
The ICC General Manager Geoff Allardice and a representative from Hawk-Eye, the ball-tracking technology provider, met top BCCI officials along with India coach Anil Kumble in Delhi recently.
Most of the Test playing nations are using DRS in bilateral series. Earlier, BCCI declined to use DRS because of the inaccuracies in ball-tracking technology used to adjudge lbws. The BCCI said the predicted path after the ball hit the pad was not reliable.
Allardice focused on the independent assessment of the technologies used in the DRS, which was carried out by engineers from the field-intelligence unit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT]. The Hawk-Eye presentation explained how ball-tracking technology has been enhanced over the last couple of years.
In a media release on Friday, the BCCI said it was satisfied that most of the concerns and suggestions that were expressed by the Board over a period of time, were addressed to a significant extent.
The significant changes, which have been effected, include the introduction of ultramotion cameras that will calculate the predictive path which allows the ball tracking to be more accurate.
The introduction of the ‘Ultra edge’, which has been approved by MIT, will also be used during the series. Ultra edge also ensures that post impact balls do not affect the predicted path or impact point and hence the accuracy has been improved.
The first of the five Tests againt England will be played in Rajkot from November 9.