London, Oct 14 (IANS) International Cricket Council (ICC) General Manager Geoff Allardice will reportedly travel to India to persuade the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to adopt the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) in the upcoming five-match Test series against England which starts on November 9.
According to a report by English newspaper The Daily Mail, Allardice will travel to India this week along with a representative from ball-tracking technology company Hawk-Eye to discuss the usage of DRS during the Test series between India and England.
India have refused to use the DRS in a bilateral series since a trip to Sri Lanka in 2008, when they were unconvinced by the quality of Hawk-Eye’s ball-tracking device.
The usage of DRS still remains debatable in India with limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni sceptical of its accuracy while Test skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Anil Kumble have been more open to discussions.
Kohli had hinted in a recent interview that the Indian team may use the technology in future.
“We will certainly look to probably introduce it (the DRS) in the future. These are things we have had meetings on. Because there were some areas that we felt can be debated. Especially ball-tracking and Hawk Eye,” he had said.
“But, all in all…I personally feel these things can be discussed and debated on,” the Delhi batsman added.
It will be interesting to see if the ICC representative can convince the BCCI top brass to use the controversial system for the series against England.
The English team, currently in Bangladesh for a two-Test series, will start their India tour with the first Test from November 9 at Rajkot.