New Delhi: The ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has admitted that the availability of technology has been an issue in the controversial Umpire Decision Review System and it is upto the Boards to decide on its use in the series among themselves.
"At present there are practical issues with the availability of technology and hence it is up to the respective Member Boards to decide if they wish to use DRS in any given series," Lorgat said.
"That will depend on the ICC Board," he said when asked about the universal use of UDRS. India has been a staunch critic of the use of UDRS in bilateral series as it feels that decisions under the system are not 100 per cent accurate. It is not being used in the current full tour of India in the West Indies. Lorgat, however, said that wherever the UDRS has been used it has increased in correct decision making.
"We are very satisfied with the way DRS, which is pioneering technology, has progressed. No one doubts that it has helped to raise the percentage of correct decisions - by more than five per cent from about 92 per cent to more than 97 per cent - and crucially it has removed the obvious umpiring errors."
"Even though such errors are rare thanks to the high level of performance by our elite umpires, they can and do occur from time to time. The DRS helps to remove these and allows the game to proceed without a blatant error becoming a lasting feature of the match," Lorgat said in an interview to a website.
Asked if the ICC could has thought about using sponsorship deals for 'hot-spot' and other technologies such as DRS, which would help them being available in all Test matches, Lorgat said, "Yes."