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Pakistan decides against DRS in Tests against Sri Lanka, England

The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided against using the Decision Review System in the Test series against Sri Lanka and England but will have the technology in place for the ODI and Twenty20 matches. A senior PCB official said before leaving for the ICC awards ceremony and meetings that the DRS would not be used in the six Tests scheduled against Sri Lanka and England due to high costs of having it installed. “We in principle support the use of the DRS and want it for both Tests and ODIs but unfortunately we couldn’t reach an understanding with our broadcasters for the Tests (in the UAE),” PCB Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad said. “We have however reached a understanding with a company to bear the costs for the use of the UDRS technology in the one-day matches in both series,” Subhan said. Pakistan plays three Tests and five ODIs and T20 matches against Sri Lanka in October and November and three Tests, four ODIs and two T20 matches against England in January and February next year. Both the series have been confirmed at the UAE venues of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah due to the refusal of teams to tour Pakistan because of security concerns. He said the board didn’t include the use of DRS in its existing contract with its broadcaster, Ten Sports, as the deal was signed before the ICC approved the use of DRS in all international matches subject to both boards involved in a bilateral series agreeing to it. “But when we sign our next contract for broadcasting rights we will try to ensure the broadcaster is willing to bear the costs of using the DRS system in our series including Tests and ODIs,” the official said.

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