Big decision by ICC, likely to introduce DRS in shortest format of the game

This step was taken in wake of some controversial decisions taken in the three-match T20I series between India and England concluded recently.

The two-day meeting held at the International Cricket Council (ICC) headquarters in Dubai ended up with bringing the Decision Review System (DRS) system in existence on a regular basis. The ICC Chief Executives’ Committee has approved the proposals implement a uniform (DRS) for the shorter formats of the game which can be practiced from October 2017.

For the upcoming edition of ICC world Twenty20 to be held in 2018, the DRS system will also be utilised. Also, the committee also has decided to go with providing one review per side in the ICC Women’s World T20 in West Indies. These proposals were discussed and came into existence in Dubai last week where it was also proposed that the ICC contributes towards the costs of using DRS to reduce the financial burden on member boards in a bilateral series and enable consistent use of the system.

Further, in May 2017, a plan will further be produced for approval at the ICC’s Cricket Committee meeting followed by a final ratification. The DRS will be used in the ICC Champions Trophy in June and in all televised matches of the Women’s World Cup. This step was taken in wake of some controversial decisions taken in the three-match T20I series between India and England concluded recently.

It happened at Nagpur when well-set batsman Joe Root was given out against an lbw appeal and the guests lost to the hosts by 5 runs. Following this, the English team filed a written complaint with the ICC match referee against an Indian on-field umpire for ruling Root out despite an inside edge. The visitors lost the series 2-1 after being thrashed in the decider at Bengaluru.

Disappointed by the fact that the review system was not available in the T20 series but was there in the test and the ODIs, English captain Eoin Morgan said,” The fact it’s not (available) is a concern. There is as much on the line as there is in a Test or a One-Day match so no reason why it shouldn’t be used.”