The upcoming ODI series between Pakistan and New Zealand has been officially removed from the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League fixtures due to the non-availability of the Decision Review System (DRS).
Originally, the series would have helped the teams in their qualification for the 2023 ODI World Cup. Unfortunately, it has now been reduced to a bilateral series only meaning the wins won’t be awarding any points.
The decision was forced due to the DRS being unavailable for the series. Since there are not a lot of matches going on at the moment, technology provision needs to be arranged well in advance of a series.
“Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and New Zealand Cricket have mutually agreed to change the status of next week’s ODI series to a bilateral series from the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League fixtures due to the non-availability of Decision Review System (DRS), a requirement in the event playing conditions,” PCB confirmed in its official statement.
The reason for DRS being unavailable for the Pakistan-New Zealand series
Sources confirmed that the rights for the technology were sold very late. This meant the PCB and the official broadcasters weren’t able to acquire the services of the DRS technology.
“Member Boards can only have DRS technology providers who are approved by the International Cricket Council. 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,” the source confirmed.
The Kiwis’ tour of Pakistan begins on September 17. The series comprises 5 T20Is and 3 ODIs with the majority of matches being played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.