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No ‘referrals’ for Sri Lanka Tests

The Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will not be used during the forthcoming India-Sri Lanka series despite the ICC hoping that the system would become a permanent fixture from October this year.

cricket Updated: Nov 11, 2009 23:30 IST
HT Correspondent

The Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will not be used during the forthcoming India-Sri Lanka series despite the ICC hoping that the system would become a permanent fixture from October this year.

UDRS, which is also alternatively called the referral system, was put in place to help eliminate blatant errors that on-field umpires might make by giving players an opportunity to challenge decisions in real time.

The Chief Executives' Committee and the ICC Board had decided on June 24 to accept the recommendations of the ICC Cricket Committee, which had on May 12 suggested a phased roll-out of the UDRS from October 2009.

The meetings in London went one step further with the ICC stating that: “UDRS should be rolled out in Test cricket from October 2009.”

This meant that it was virtually compulsory for all series to have the necessary infrastructure in place to use the

UDRS. The UDRS was first trialled during India's Test tour of Sri Lanka last year, and since then the number of challenges per team has been reduced from three to two to cut down on frivolous challenges and prevent unnecessary delays.