Hong Kong, June 27 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday bowed to pressure from the International Cricket Council''s chief executives'' committee to accept the use of a modified version of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) during the tour of England.
It maybe recalled that the BCCI has been consistently opposed to the use of UDRS because it sees the Hawk Eye ball tracker as suspect.
In what appears to be a case of give and take, the ICC has agreed to the BBCI''s demand that the UDRS will be used during the England-India series without the Hawk-Eye ball-tracker.
This means that line decisions for lbw appeals cannot be referred. For example, if the ball pitches outside leg stump and the batsman is given out lbw, the lack of ball-tracking technology means he cannot question the decision.
On the other hand, if a batsman is given out lbw and he thinks there is an inside-edge involved, he can get the decision reviewed since Hot Spot can resolve whether there is an edge.
The ICC chief executives have unanimously agreed to make a modified version of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) mandatory in all international matches.
The mandatory terms and conditions for the DRS that have now been recommended to the Executive Board for approval on Tuesday will now consist of "thermal imaging" and "sound technology" with the "ball-tracker" having been removed from the ICC''s original compulsory list of UDRS technologies.
India will, for the first time since 2008, be agreeable to using the UDRS in a bilateral series when it tours England from July onwards, the Cricinfo website reports.
Hot Spot, the "thermal imaging" technology now available and made mandatory in the UDRS, will mostly be used for close-in catches and edges.
The committee also decided that the continued use of the ball-tracking technology as a decision-making aid, will depend on the bilateral arrangement between the participating teams.
A decision about how the cost of using the UDRS technology would be divided will be taken later.
Last week, BCCI vice-president Niranjan Shah had said that the cost of using the UDRS was as high as 60,000 dollars per match.
According to the ICC, however, that figure is close to 5000 dollars per day, with a maximum of 25,000 dollars being spent on UDRS per Test. (ANI)