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ICC dismisses 'totally incorrect' reports

The ICC says the meeting will focus on the use of technology going forward and not the players.

The Ashes, which the English and Australian cricket teams compete for every two years. Picture: AFP.

SYDNEY - The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday dismissed reports linking it to any investigation into alleged attempts by any player to "cheat" the effectiveness of the Hot Spot technology during the current Ashes series between England and Australia.

An Australian television station alleged that ICC General Manager Cricket, Geoff Allardice was flying from ICC headquarters in Dubai to Durham, the venue of the fourth Ashes Test, to investigate the matter.

However, David Richardson, the ICC Chief Executive, said: "These media reports are totally incorrect. Geoff Allardice is meeting with both teams and umpires to see how we can best use the DRS and the available technology going forward in the next two Test matches. It has nothing to do with any players."

This comes as the five-test series between England and Australia has been riddled with controversy over the inconsistency of the Decision Review System (DRS), part of which is the Hotspot thermal imaging technology.

Hotspot uses infra red cameras to determine whether the ball has struck the batsman, bat or pad, with any contact supposed to show up as a bright spot on the image.

Hotspot's Australian inventor, Warren Brennan, was reported in the British media to be preparing a statement on the technology for release on Wednesday.

A Tweet posted on Tuesday from an unverified Twitter account under his name and entitled @HotSpotInventor read: "We will make a statement tomorrow about hotspot in regard to the remainder of the Ashes series."

Another, in reply to former England captain and media pundit Michael Vaughan posted on Aug 5 read: "Michael, its time you investigate why players are using fibreglass tape on the edges of their bats."

Cricket Australia last week requested an explanation from the ICC over the dismissal of Usman Khawaja during the third test at Old Trafford.

The batsman was given out caught despite a review of the television pictures and Hotspot which showed no convincing evidence of a nick off the bat.

Later in the same match, England batsman Kevin Pietersen was also given out, caught behind, but again the Hotspot failed to pick anything up.

England coach Andy Flower also called for improvements in the DRS system after the third test was drawn, ensuring the hosts, who won the first two test, would retain the Ashes.