DRS adapted for Sri Lanka series

March 14, 2012
by Andy Todd

The Decision Review System has been adapted for England’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. The hot-spot technology will not be available for the series, because it is deemed too expensive by the Sri Lankan cricket board.

In October last year, the ICC removed the mandatory requirements for the DRS, leaving the decision of what technology to use to the boards that host each Test match series. The Sri Lankan cricket board have decided to go without it, in what has been a tough time for the country financially.

The Snickometer will be the only tool used to aid decisions on catches in the two match Test series. The ball-tracking technology will be provided by Hawk-Eye.

The DRS system has been a source of controversy in recent times. On England’s tour of the UAE there were a record number of LBW decisions in a three match series. This raised the question of whether the DRS system was now too much in favour of the bowlers. There was also a suggestion that umpires have started to give LBW decisions based on the ball just clipping the stumps, knowing that if their decision was reviewed, they will be proved correct by the third umpire.

England begin the first Test in Galle on 26th March hoping to bounce back from a disappointing series in the UAE where they lost 3-0 to Pakistan.

The Scoop 14/03/2012


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