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India set to agree to decision review system

BCCI has previously rejected use of the controversial television technology

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Mumbai: India are moving closer to agreeing to the use of the umpire Decision Review System (DRS) despite a string of controversies during the current Ashes series which have cast doubt over its future.

The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) have resisted previous attempts by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to introduce the television technology, even though every other Test-playing nation has agreed to it.

Influential players, including Sachin Tendulkar, are said to remain resistant to using the technology, which is provided by home broadcasters, amid concerns it is still not accurate enough to be relied upon completely.

BCCI officials have also expressed concerns about the quality of the pictures provided to umpires and have said they could only agree to the use of DRS if every decision could be reviewed — a move resisted due to the time this would take out of the game.

Currently, teams lose their right to review if they make two wrong calls. But a compromise, which would see reviews deemed ‘umpire’s call’ not count against an unsuccessful team, is now on the table.

ICC elite umpire Nigel Llong has been trialling a series of updated technologies in a truck in the Old Trafford car park in an effort to speed up the system.

SPORT PICTURE OF THE DAY: November 14, 2017

From left : Italy's defender Andrea Barzagli, Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Italy's midfielder Giorgio Chiellini and Italy's midfielder Marco Parolo react at the end of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Sweden at the San Siro stadium in Milan. Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory.