'Cash-strapped' PCB opts against using UDRS in Test series against Lanka, England

Last Updated: Mon, Sep 12, 2011 06:10 hrs

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided against using the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) in the Test series against Sri Lanka and England, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates.

The technology will, however, be in place for the ODI and Twenty20 matches.

PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmad said that the technology would not be used due to the high costs of having it installed.

"We in principle support the use of the UDRS and want it for both Tests and ODIs, but unfortunately we couldn't reach an understanding with our broadcasters for the Tests (in the United Arab Emirates)," the Daily Times quoted Ahmad, as saying.

"We have, however, reached a understanding with a company to bear the costs for the use of the technology in the one-day matches in both series," he added.

Pakistan will play three Tests, five ODIs and Twenty20 matches against Sri Lanka in October and November, and three Tests, four ODIs and two Twenty20 matches against England in January and February next year.

Ahmad further insists that the board would include the use of the UDRS when it signs a fresh contract with the broadcaster.

"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 UDRS system in our series, including Tests and ODIs," he said. (ANI)

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