India veto DRS for England tour


Lord's hospitality guests for the first test between England and India later this summer may be interested to hear that the Decision Review System (DRS) will not be in place during the series due to objections from India.

The technology, which allows teams to challenge umpiring decisions for LBWs and catches, has proved controversial in some quarters and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is known to be highly sceptical as to its value.

It may only be used if both sides agree to its use, something the BCCI have not done for their side's tour of England.

A spokesman for the ECB told Cricinfo: "The BCCI have advised us that they won't be willing to sanction its use during the Test and one-day series."

Their stance may have been hardened by an incident against England in this year's cricket world cup, where the umpires refused to overturn a not out LBW decision against Ian Bell, despite the technology suggesting the ball would have hit the wicket.

This was because he was more the 2.5 metres down the pitch when he was struck, where the DRS is thought to be less reliable.

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