Cricket’s controversial decision review system (DRS) will no longer be obligatory and its use will be left to mutual agreements between participating boards, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement “Although the DRS improves correct umpire decisions by around 5 % and corrects any blatant errors, there are some who are not convinced by its reliability.”
“We will continue to work with interested parties to improve the system while permitting the participating teams to decide whether they wish to use it or not,” it added.
The ICC, at its annual conference in June, had made the use of Hot Spot technology, which specified the ball’s point of contact mandatory, subject to availability and left the use of ball-tracking technology able to the playing boards.
The ICC had even won over the Indian cricket board (BCCI), which had strongly opposed the ball-tracking technology in DRS, with its modified version which allows teams to challenge umpire decisions.
The ICC’s executive board, which met in Dubai on Monday, said that it would persist using the DRS in its global events and would support the use of technology and its continued development.
The change in the ICC stance on DRS followed criticism by the BCCI’s new president N. Srinivasan last month.