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Referral System Not To Be Used In Ind-Bangla Test Series

PTI 02 Jan 2010, 16:33:18 IST

The International Cricket Council may be upbeat about the effectiveness of the Decision Referral System but apparently has not been able to convince the boards to accept it of late.

While India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was unsure whether the controversial DRS system would be in place during the two-Test series against hosts Bangladesh later this month, a BCCI employee indicated it would not be in use.

Queried about it during yesterday's press conference on the eve of the team's departure for Bangladesh, Dhoni said "I'm not sure" and looked for help from BCCI's corporate relations manager Devendra Prabhudesai who indicated it would not be in use.

The DRS, which Dhoni said is supported by the teams when things go their way and opposed when thing go against them, was not in use during the India-Sri Lanka three-match Test rubber held in this country recently.

The decision of the ICC, whose CEO Haroon Lorgat feels it's good for the game as it not only reduced umpiring errors but also improved players' on-field behaviour, not to use it during the India-Lanka rubber was criticised by visiting team skipper Kumar Sangakkara. PTI