Nottingham, July 8: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has got its way on the controversial Umpire Decision Review System (DRS) for the India-England five-Test series which starts tomorrow here.
BCCI, which has never been a fan of DRS, has managed to score over England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). There will be no use of DRS in the Test series. This is the first series for India after the revamp of International Cricket Council (ICC) where the "Big Three" of BCCI, ECB and Cricket Australia (CA) have the control over the global cricket body.
For bilateral series, both Boards need to agree for the use of DRS. However, for all ICC tournaments, DRS is mandatory.
The first Test starts on Wednesday at Trent Bridge and the on-field umpires' decisions will be final. There is no way of batsmen and fielders challenging their verdicts. Sri Lanka's Kumar Dharmasena and Bruce Oxenford of Australia are the umpires.
England's paceman Stuart Broad, when asked about the non-availability of DRS for the series, said: "It will add a little bit of pressure to the umpires. They'll have to really take their time to get decisions right."
During the 2011 India-England series here, DRS was used but not for LBWs.