controversial Hot Spot has been a disappointment in the recent India-England ODI series and it will not be used in the five-match one-day contest between the two countries starting on October 14, according to the head of the company behind the technology.
BBG Sports chief executive Warren Brennan said that his company has decided not to bring the Hot Spot technology for the upcoming ODI series after it did not find BCCI’s support.
“BBG Sports is disappointed at how the Hot Spot performed in the UK during the England vs India series. There were several incidents where we were hoping for better outcomes from the technology,” Brennan said.
“Following the comments by Mr Srinivasan on September 20th in relation to Hot Spot and the DRS process, BBG Sports believed it did not have the support of the BCCI and promptly decided not to bring the Hot Spot to India for their upcoming home series,” Brennan was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
During India’s ODI series in England in August, Hot Spot had proved inconclusive during referrals of several appeals for caught-behind and was subsequently criticised by the BCCI.
In July, the BCCI had agreed to a compromise with the ICC wherein the Hot Spot was made mandatory in the use of DRS while ball-tracking technology was made optional.
But upon taking over as BCCI president, N Srinivasan reverted to the Board’s original stance against the DRS following Hot Spot’s performance on the England tour.
“It is not necessary for me to dwell on the accuracy of Hot Spot, it was there for everybody to see. The BCCI will, at the next ICC meeting, raise the issue. We want to revisit it because we feel that Hot Spot is insufficient. We do not wish to use the DRS in its present form, even in its minimum standard,” Srinivasan had said after the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting last month.
Brennan hoped that the Hot Spot technology will continued to be used in the series outside the subcontinent.
“BBG Sports has continued to invest in Hot Spot technology and has purchased four new Hot Spot cameras in the past six months which we believe could improve the system dramatically,” he said.
“These new cameras will be put to good use for series in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia this southern summer,” he added.