DRS to be included in future PCB broadcast deals
Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 12-10-2011
Future rights deals forged by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will ask that broadcasters bear the cost of umpire decision review system (DRS) technology for the matches, according to a senior PCB official.
DRS was not included in the current contract with Ten Sports for the broadcast of Pakistan's six scheduled Test matches against England and Sri Lanka. However, the PCB says it is to be used during the country's upcoming one day internationals (ODI) and twenty20 (T20) games against Sri Lanka - according to the Pakistan Observer.
All the matches will be staged across the United Arab Emirates, as teams refuse to visit Pakistan due to security fears.
"We in principle support the use of the DRS and want it for both Tests and ODIs but unfortunately we couldn't reach an understanding with our broadcasters for the Tests (in the United Arab Emirates)," Subhan Ahmad, Chief Operating Officer, Pakistan Cricket Board is quoted as saying in the Pakistan Observer.
"We have however reached an understanding with a company to bear the costs for the use of the DRS technology in the one-day matches in both series," he added.
Pepsi is reported to be sponsoring the use of the technology in the series.
Pakistan plays three Tests and five ODIs and T20 matches against Sri Lanka in October and November and three Tests, four ODIs and two T20 matches against England in January and February 2012.
The use of DRS was not included in the PCB's contract with Ten Sports, Ahmed said, as it was made before the ICC approved the use of DRS in all international matches - subject to both boards involved in a bilateral series agreeing to it.
"But when we sign our next contract for broadcasting rights we will try to ensure the broadcaster is willing to bear the costs of using the DRS system in our series including Tests and ODIs," Ahmed added.