Having recently made its debut in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) this year, the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) is all set to make its first foray in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), with the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) green signalling the introduction of DRS for IPL 2018.
Initially apprehensive, BCCI approves DRS for IPL 2018
It is worth remembering that the BCCI was extremely reluctant in allowing the use of DRS for India’s matches and only gave a go-ahead to the same after being completely convinced of it being foolproof. Nevertheless, having embraced the system in late 2016, prior to England’s tour of India, the board has now decided to use the technology in the world’s premier domestic T20 league in the upcoming eleventh edition of the tournament.
“The BCCI was keen to have DRS on board since 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,” a BCCI official stated, as reported by the Indian Express.
The move to bring in DRS for IPL 11 has been in the pipeline for a while now, confirmed the BCCI official. In December last year, the board had conducted a special DRS session in Vizag, which saw the participation of country’s top ten domestic umpires, keeping the upcoming IPL in mind. Denis Burns, the ICC umpires’ coach and former Australian pacer-turned umpire Paul Reiffel had flown in to brief the selected umpires about the use of technology. The same ten umpires will be the ones officiating in the IPL this year.
A domestic umpire, who attended the session in Vizag, said: “Indian domestic cricket doesn’t use the DRS system till date. As local umpires are being hired for the IPL, the board had called us to be briefed about the system. We were told that the board will be using review system in IPL and they wanted us to get used to the technology.”