No UDRS in India-England series

Mumbai. India’s denial of the UDRS continues. The BCCI has sent a notification to the ECB that it does not want the system in the upcoming India-England test series scheduled in July this year.

India will travel to England mid July for a 4 test match series and according to the ICC rules, UDRS can be used in a series only if both the concerned boards agree for its use in the series.

Indian players have been vocal critics of the UDRS as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar have been regularly opposing the system for not being 100 percent error proof. On the contrary English players like Graeme Swann have been big fans of UDRS.

"The reason India does not want it is because it will favour our bowlers," said John Emburey, former England off-spinner. "It [UDRS] has been massive for spinners because they are now getting wickets against batsmen playing on the front foot. The system has shown how the ball would go on to hit the stumps and umpires have now got it in their minds that they can declare batsmen out," he explained.

Emburey said the DRS has forced batsmen to use the bat more often against the spinners. "What DRS has done is, it has made batsmen play with their bat rather than hide behind the pad. This gives bowlers more chances of edges and catches because they have to play at the ball," he added.

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