Colombo, July 17: In a surprising volte-face, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have given their assurance that the Decision Review System (DRS) will be implemented in the forthcoming home-series against Australia. The news contradicts earlier reports that the cash-strapped SLC would not be using the system in order to save $150,000.
Upali Dharmadasa, the SLC interim committee chairman, told a leading cricket reporting agency: "The use of UDRS is a priority for us since the decision was taken, during the ICC annual conference in Hong Kong, to use it in all series, which all the members agreed to."
A modified version of the DRS, including Hot Spot but not ball-tracking technology, has been made compulsary for all Tests and one-day internationals by the ICC. The decision to add the ball-tracking facility would be upto to the discretion of the national boards.
The Sri Lankan board has been embroiled in financial woes after running over budget in building stadiums for the 2011 World Cup. Last month, SLC cut down its budget for the tour from 300 million rupees down to 100 million rupees.
Australia embark on their Sri Lankan tour at the end of this month for a full tour, including two Twenty internationals, five ODIs and three Tests.