Mumbai, Aug 20: Opposing its previous stance against the Decision Review System (DRS), the BCCI will now implement the composite technology for the first time in bilateral series in India later this year. Accordingly, the Hot Spot facility and the audio-trackers will be used in 13 home internationals before India's tour of Australia.
The decision comes in consonance with the ICC's new directives making it mandatory to use the DRS for Tests and ODIs.
At the beckoning of the BCCI, BGG Sports which owns the Hotspot technology, agreed to deploy four Hot Spot cameras for the five ODIs against England and three Tests against the West Indies, while two cameras would be in use during the five-match ODI series against the West Indies.
During its annual conference in June this year, the ICC had made the DRS compulsary in Tests and ODIs with a minimum requirement of the audio tracker and infra red cameras. However various financial considerations had to be made as the HotSpot facility is an expensive tool which must be paid for by either the home boards or broadcasters. This precisely is the reason why the ongoing Zimbabwe v Bangladesh series does not feature the DRS.
The BCCI's earlier objection to the DRS was based on doubts over the ball-tracker technology used in the DRS and the steep cost of the Hot Spot cameras. Initial quotes pegged it at US$60,000 per match, while estimates had it down to $5000 per day and a maximum of $25,000 per Test.
The acquiescence of the Indian Board to the use of Hot Spot cameras marks another stepping stone in the BCCI's amenability to the DRS. Hot Spot cameras were not used during the ICC World Cup earlier this year over disputes of securit clearances.