Sri Lanka’s upcoming Test series against Australia will not have controversial Umpires' Decision Review System (DRS) due to lack of a sponsor.
Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) interim committee chairman Upali Dharmadasa has said that the host country is not in a position to spend US$150,000 for the facility for the one-and-a-half-month long series, comprising three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.
"We have decided not to have it for the Australian series," Dharmadasa was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.
Dharmadasa, however, added that the board might consider using the system if they can rope in a sponsor.
The daily reported that host broadcaster Ten Sports will pay US$750,000 per Test, US$245,000 per ODI and US$250,000 per Twenty20 for the series to the Sri Lankan board as per their agreement.
The SLC is to receive a total of US$3.975 million for the entire tour from Ten Sports, who are considered reliable pay masters, having been tied up with the SLC for nearly nine years now and have secured the rights as Sri Lanka Cricket TV partner till 2013.
Ten Sports reportedly have already secured a leading Asian electronics company as a sponsor for the series but is struggling to get more.