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BCCI confirms use of Decision Review System in IPL 2018

In a move that marks a clear shift from the BCCI’s position towards the use of technology in decision making, the Decision Review System (DRS) will be used for the first time in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) beginning April 7.

cricket Updated: Feb 28, 2018 18:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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The Decision Review System (DRS) is set for Indian Premier League (IPL) debut this year. ((iplt20.com/video screenshot))

After years of indifference and apprehensions, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seems to have finally reposed trust in the Decision Review System (DRS).

In a move that marks a clear shift from the board’s position towards the use of technology in decision making, DRS will be used for the first time in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) beginning April 7.

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The decision to use DRS in the IPL was confirmed by a BCCI official on Wednesday.

India were the first to try out DRS in a Test series against Sri Lanka in 2008. However, since then the BCCI has opposed the use of DRS in the form that was laid out initially by the broadcasters with skipper MS Dhoni labelling it as a system that wasn’t fool proof.

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Apart from the ICC events like World Cup, Champions Trophy and T20 World Championship, India always ensured their matches in bilateral series didn’t feature the referral system.

It was only in November 2016 that BCCI finally gave a green light to DRS ahead of England’s tour to India for a five-Test series. Two years on, it seems that the board is finally happy with the way the system works and is, therefore, ready to use it for its marquee league.

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BCCI had begun its groundwork for the use of DRS in IPL last year when they invited ICC umpires’ coach Denis Burns and former Australian pacer turned umpire Paul Reiffel to conduct a session on the review system with India’s top 10 umpires in December. These 10 umpires are likely to officiate in the IPL.

The IPL will become the second major T20 league to use DRS. Till now, only the Pakistan Super League avails the services of the referral system for its matches.

First Published: Feb 28, 2018 17:54 IST