Decision review system back in play for India series

Cricket's controversial decision review system (DRS) could be back on the table for the England v India Test series.

The development comes after the ICC chief executives' committee unanimously recommended "universal standards" over what technology to use.

Elsewhere, the committee supported plans to abolish runners in international cricket.

And two new balls per innings - one from each end - would be used in one-day internationals from 1 October.

On 10 June, India had said it would veto any plans to use the DRS in the four-match Test series starting at Lord's on 21 July.

But now Narayanaswami Srinivasan, the chief executive and president-elect of the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI], has voted in favour of the new standards for its use, there is every chance DRS will be incorporated in the series.

According to a statement from the ICC, those standards include the use of infra-red cameras and audio-tracking devices.

The chief executives' committee also agreed that "further independent and expert research will be carried out into ball-tracking technology and its accuracy and reliability."

It added: "The continued use of ball-tracking technology as a decision-making aid will depend on bilateral agreement between the participating members."

Srinivasan said in a separate statement that ball-tracking technology, which is provided by several companies including UK-based Hawk-Eye, was "not acceptable" in its current format.

It means that "Hot Spot", the thermal imaging technology, will remain in place for the England v India series - and be used for close catches and edges - but the lbw decisions will remain with the on-field umpires.

Under the new agreement, teams will only be allowed to make one incorrect challenge to an on-field umpire's decision per innings in a one-day international, as opposed to two.

Among other recommendations were tougher sanctions on captains for over-rate breaches and the restriction of the elective powerplays to between the 16th and 40th overs of each innings.

England's one-day captain Alastair Cook said: "I think DRS has been really good, getting more decisions right. From my standpoint we need as much technology as possible to make sure we get the right decisions."

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