The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has provided a great news to all the eight franchises going to participate in the forthcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Indian cricket board has given a green signal to the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the cash-rich tournament. The board was not in favour of implementing such referral system in the IPL so far. But finally, after a series of discussions and meetings with a panel of domestic umpires and their coaches appointed by the ICC, the use of this technology has been given the necessary nod.
According to a report published in The Indian Express, a BCCI official stated that despite having all other technologies in the marquee league, DRS can be put to use this time.
An official was quoted as saying,
“The BCCI was keen to have DRS on board for quite some time but it was only this year we felt we should go ahead with it for the IPL. We have the best of all other systems in place, so why not DRS? Anyway, we have been using it for India’s international matches for over a year and a half now.”
As learned from the reports, the BCCI has shortlisted a panel of 10 domestic umpires for a session on DRS in Vizag ahead of the biggest Indian cricket league. ICC umpires’ coach Denis Burns and Australia’s Paul Reiffel has briefed all 10 officials about the technology.
BCCI’s opposition to the referral system so far:
The DRS system was first tested in an India vs Sri Lanka Test match held in 2008. Later in 2009, it was officially used by the ICC during the first Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan.
In the course of time, there have many many changes made to this system, however, the Indian cricket board has been a staunch critic of the DRS.
Earlier, in 2014 Test series against Australia, the then Indian captain MS Dhoni stated that the referral system wasn’t ‘fool-proof’. Certain current and former players have different views about it as some agreed to use it while others disagreed.
Later in 2015, the board didn’t take any strong decision on this technology as the governing body wasn’t fully satisfied by its outcomes. In 2017, when India hosted England for a Test series, the BCCI agreed to use the system again on a trial basis and since then, it’s being used in the home series.
In the same year, the ICC agreed to use this technology in T20Is after which it was first used in Twenty20 International in India-Australia T20I series.
After Pakistan Super League, IPL will be the second box cricket league to use the referral system. But will this turn out to be a successful decision? Post your reactions in the comment section!