The International Cricket Council (ICC) is ready to use the Decision Review System (DRS) on a full-time basis across all formats of the game from later this year. According to an ICC media release, DRS is set to be used in the ICC Champions Trophy, all televised games of the Women’s World Cup and in all future World Twenty20 games. The ICC also added that post 2017, technology used for DRS would be vetted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
“The Chief Executives’ Committee agreed to the principle of a consistent use of DRS technology across all international cricket. A full implementation plan will be considered by the ICC Cricket Committee in May before approval in June for roll-out from October 2017,” the release said. The ICC annual conference would be held in London in June around the Champions Trophy.
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According to ESPNcricinfo, it was proposed at last week’s meeting in Dubai that the ICC subsidise the cost of using DRS to reduce the financial stress for some member boards. Right now, members are allowed to have a say on whether to have DRS in bilateral series. In most cases the series broadcasters bear the DRS expense, but now there is a move to get ICC to fund to ensure consistency in the use of technology.
Till late last year, BCCI was the biggest opponent to DRS but its stance has changed with the change of captaincy and coach. However, this ICC decision may have been prompted by the spate of controversial decisions during the recent India-England T20I series. England were particularly unhappy with Joe Root’s lbw dismissal --- replays showed an inside edge --- in the second T20I.
However, DRS was used on a trial basis in the Test series before that which India won 4-0.