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No Decision Review for India-SA Tests

February 01, 2010 19:44 IST

The controversial Decision Review System will not be in use for the India-South Africa Test series, commencing February 6 in Nagpur.

"No, it will not be used," a BCCI source said about the absence of the DRS that has come under the scanner whenever it was used.

The second and last Test is scheduled at Kolkata from February 14.

This is the fifth successive home Test rubber that the Review System, by which a batting side or fielding side can challenge the on-field umpires' decision, is not being implemented in India.

The DRS was not in use for the three-match rubber held late last year in India against Sri Lanka, which was criticised by visiting team captain Kumar Sangakkara, and was also absent during the two-Test rubber in Bangladesh.

The only occasion the system was used in a series involving India was in Sri Lanka in July-August, 2008.

It was also not used during the tours to India by Australia later that year and by England in 2009-end.

The DRS was, however, used this summer in Australia, in Test rubbers the home team fought against the West Indies and Pakistan.

The DRS, often praised by ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat for minimizing wrong umpiring decisions, was also used when South Africa hosted England in a four-match Test rubber, held prior to the Proteas' arrival in India.

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