'People are right to question technology'

Ian Taylor, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Virtual Eye, which will provide the technical support for the UDRS in the much awaited tournament said, "I think people are right to question the technology.

Taylor feels the umpires need to spend time to understand the system and raise their doubts so that it can be made more more accurate. Taylor, whose organisation will be working behind the 'ball tracker', said, "The people whom the technology will impact through the review system could well be those who will give us feedback that can surprise us."

"Technology would never replace the role of the umpire. We want to work with the umpires," he told 'Cricinfo'. The system acquires much more significance during the Aussie summer in view of the fact that the ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat will be travelling to there along with the BCCI officials to review the efficacy of the technology that will be employed during the forthcoming World Cup.

The inspection is also viewed as an attempt to sensitise and convince BCCI to accept the technology for India's home games in the future. The technology, Virtual Eye, will be incorporated by the Australian broadcasters Channel 9 for the first time during the Twenty20 international between Australia and Sri Lanka on October 31.

This is the first time the Aussie broadcaster will be using the Dunedin-based Virtual Eye package over Hawkeye. Brad McNamara, executive producer of cricket for Channel 9, however said, "The ICC have tested both Hawk-Eye and Virtual Eye and there was little or no difference in accuracy. We hope and expect that to be the case this summer."

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