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India-England ODI Cricket series to be played without HOTSPOT

New Delhi, Oct 7 (): The International Cricket Council said Friday the Decision Review System DRS system will not be used in the five-match ODI series between India and England. The controversial Hot Spot has been a disappointment in the recent India-England ODI series in England.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reluctant to use the system. England, who arrived in Hyderabad on Tuesday, is not aware of this development yet. Skipper Alastair Cook will be officially informed about the same when he and counterpart MS Dhoni meet the match referee before the first ODI on October 14.

BBG chief executive Warren Brennan said that his company has decided not to bring the Hot Spot technology for the upcoming ODI series after it did not find BCCI’s support. “BBG Sports is disappointed at how the Hot Spot performed in the UK during the England vs. India series. There were several incidents where we were hoping for better outcomes from the technology,” Brennan said.

According to reliable sources, a consignment of infra-red cameras — mandatory for HotSpot technology — is not arriving in India. It is still not known as to who cancelled the order but a message has gone to the makers of the technology. None of the BCCI officials, of course, was willing to come on record.

Two reasons are being cited for the cancellation. The first and obvious one is that the BCCI has lost faith in the reliability of HotSpot after Team India’s recent experience in England. Many a marginal decision had gone against the Indian batsmen, especially Rahul Dravid. The other reason is that the HotSpot owners are believed to have put some “bizarre” conditions to ferry the cameras to India.

The ICC, in the meantime, has appointed umpires for the DRS system. Simon Taufel and Billy Bowden are the men in charge of handling the review system for the India-England series. “Minimum standard will be used in the series between India and England as we stand,” an ICC spokesman said.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the England team said they are not aware of the situation. “We are yet to clarify these things. Hopefully we will know when we meet the match referee. The situation is still unclear,” the spokesman said from Hyderabad.

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