There won’t be any usage of the Decision Review System (DRS) during New Zealand’s tour of Pakistan because of the unavailability of an approved provider for the technology.
Neither the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) nor the official broadcasters of the series were successful in finding an approved provider of the technology required to run the system.
No DRS in New Zealand tour of Pakistan
Sources said that the inconvenience was caused because the rights of the bilateral series were sold late and hence they will have to manage without DRS in all eight matches.
“Member Boards can only have DRS technology providers who are approved by the International Cricket Council,” an anonymous source told news agency PTI.
“The rights were sold very late and that is why this problem has arisen. The result is the series will be without DRS technology on television,” another source admitted.
The source also said there was so much international cricket being played around the world at this time that equipment technology provision will have to be arranged well in advance.
However, they have ensured to avail the DRS system when England tours Pakistan in October to play a couple of T20 International matches.
New Zealand tour of Pakistan to start on September 17 with 1st ODI
New Zealand are currently playing against Bangladesh in five-match T20I series, which they have already lost 1-3 after going down in the fourth match against the host by six wickets.
After the completion of the T20I series against Bangladesh, the Black Caps will move to Pakistan to play five T20 Internationals and three ODI matches with the tour scheduled to kick-off with the ODI leg on September 17 at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
The five matches will be a great practice time for both the teams as they will face each other in the group stage of the ICC T20 World Cup next month in Sharjah.