No Hot Spot for Pakistan, South Africa series

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Hot Spot technology will not be part of the Decision Review System for this month's Test series between Pakistan and South Africa in the United Arab Emirates.

Hot Spot technology will not be part of the Decision Review System for this month's Test series between Pakistan and South Africa in the United Arab Emirates.

The Pakistan Cricket Board's decision will leave only Hawk Eye and slow motion technology available to the third umpire for the two fixtures in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

The use of the infra-red system, according to the PCB and host broadcaster Ten Sports, would have increased production costs, which were included in the broadcasting rights fee.

This meant the total cost owed by Ten Sports to the PCB is calculated after taking into account production costs during the series. The inclusion of Hot Spot would have reduced the PCB's rights fee earnings by about US$100,000.

Hot Spot technology, too, will not be included in the Decision Review System during the Ashes series in Australia later this year.

The host broadcaster, Channel Nine, confirmed that negotiations with the infra-red system's inventor, Warren Brennan, had broken down.

The device, which uses heat sensors to detect contact between the ball, bat and pads, subsequently, will not feature in the showpiece five-Test affair – underway in Brisbane on 21 November.

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