Wellington, New Zealand:Cricket's contentious umpire review system will be used in the three-Test series between New Zealand and Pakistan starting on Tuesday after being rejected for series featuring England against South Africa and India vs Sri Lanka.
New Zealand Cricket delayed a decision on the use of the Umpire Decision Review System while seeking a supplier of the necessary ball-tracking technology. A New Zealand-based company has developed the required systems, allowing the use of the UDRS in test matches at Dunedin, Wellington and Napier for the first time this season.
"This will be the first series in the international calendar to use the new UDRS. It's an important advance for international cricket," NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan was quoted as saying Thursday. "We're also delighted that a Kiwi company will be the first to pioneer the ball-tracking technology."
England and South Africa were both opposed to the use of the system in their forthcoming test series and India rejected its use in its current series against Sri Lanka.
New Zealand Cricket remains enthusiastic about the system and the International Cricket Council has said it will continue to press for its wider use.
The UDRS allows a limited number of decisions in each innings to be referred by the batting and fielding sides to the third umpire for review.
New Zealand batsman Daniel Flynn was the first player in world cricket to be dismissed under the system when he was given out lbw by the third umpire in last year's first test against the West Indies in Dunedin. Later New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and the West Indies' Chris Gayle expressed reservations about its use.