Colombo, July 15: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has decided to dispense with the prospect of implementing the Decision Review System (DRS) for the forthcoming series against Australia. Even though, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had made the DRS compulsory in one-dayers and Tests only last month, the new rule doesn't take effect till Oct 1.
By keeping the DRS out of the home-series, the SLC will be able to save some money from it's already slashed budget for the 7-week tour. According to a premier British newspaper, the SCL would have had to shell out US 150,000 to provide the DRS for the quintet of ODIs and subsequent trio of Test against Australia.
The SLC will however, consider supplying the technology if a sponsor is found to help with the costs. Last month, SLC cut down its budget for the tour from 300 million rupees to 100 million rupees, after the sports ministry indicated that was the only option open as Lanka had incurred dramatic losses following the World Cup earlier this year.
From October a revised version of the DRS, including Hot Spot but not ball-tracking feature, will be mandatory for all Tests and one-day internationals.