New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday ended its long-standing opposition to the Decision Review System (DRS), and agreed to its usage on a trial basis during India’s home Test series against England starting next month.
“The BCCI will deploy the DRS, in toto, in the coming 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,” the Board said in a statement.
The BCCI and India’s limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni have long opposed the system. But the Board’s stance has softened after Test captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble expressed their openness to experiment with the technology.
Kumble, who heads the ICC Cricket Committee, visited the MIT Laboratory last year to assess the upgraded research on ball tracking technology and the contentious Hot Spot, which had been called unreliable by the BCCI in the past. India last played a Test series using DRS in 2008 against Sri Lanka.
BCCI president Anurag Thakur, who was present throughout the presentation, said the use of DRS post the England series will depend on the feedback given by all the stakeholders, including the players and coaching staff.
“We are happy to note that Hawkeye has institutionalised all the recommendations made by the BCCI, and we confirm that this improved version of DRS will be used on a trial basis during the coming series against England,” Mr. Thakur said.