London, June 16: Premier England spinner Graeme Swann feels India's rejection of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) in the upcoming Test series between the two nations could prove costly on the world's number one team.
India have declined the use of UDRS for the four-match series starting on July 21 at Lord's, offering the excuse that the technology is not fool-proof.
As per the International Cricket Council's (ICC) regulations, UDRS can be utilisd in a bilateral series only after the consent of the two boards.
Swann, a strong proponent for the review system, said that the introduction of the system is timely.
"A few years ago not having UDRS would have been a blow but what has happened is that umpires are far happier to give lbws out on the front foot," Swann was quoted as saying by The Mirror.
Swann added that the UDRS has helped the umpires up their own game.
"Umpires have been going back and studying videos and they have learnt from the mistakes of the past and are more willing to give things out. I think it is a shame we are not going to use it because it is a very positive thing that has been introduced in the game. I don't know if it's a distrust of technology or a bit of kidology on their part (India's). If they don't want to do it, fair enough."
Swann concluded by saying that India's decision not to use the system could ultimately backfire on them.
"Maybe we will get a couple that would have been overturned and it would be quite amusing if that happened," he said.