Lahore, Oct 11: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today announced that it would use the UDRS technology in its upcoming one-day series against Sri Lanka and England.
"The PCB strongly backs the use of the UDRS technology as we believe it has helped add value to the sport," a senior PCB official said. Subhan Ahmad the chief operating officer of the board said the PCB had obtained sponsorship for using the UDRS technology in the series.
"We will be using the hawkeye technology and it is perhaps the first time that a Board has shown initiative and obtained sponsorship for the use of the system," Ahmad said. Pakistan plays five one-dayers against Sri Lanka in November and another four against England in February at the UAE venues.
Pakistan has remained a strong supporter of the UDRS despite the mixed reactions it has evoked from other boards particularly the Indians. Today ICC left it on two competing teams whether to use DRS in a bilateral series or not.
On India's tour to England the use of the UDRS system generated lot of controversies with the Indians complaining the technology used in the system was still not perfect and needed to reviewed again. The hot spot technology and snicko-metre technologies were used in the India and England series but still led to some debatable decisions prompting the negative reaction from the Indians.
The heavy cost involved in using the technology has also been a discussion point among cricket boards. Ahmad hoped that other Boards will also follow the example of the PCB and obtain sponsorship for using the technology regularly in their matches.