New Delhi: The Decision Review System (DRS), after its troubled past with the BCCI is all set to be used in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League, which kicks off in April.
The Indian board in the past was strictly against the use of this technology but had used it when England toured India in 2016. Now, it would be seen for the first time in the 11th edition of the marquee tournament of the BCCI.
A media daily quoted a BCCI official who said that the board was thinking of about this for quite a while and now, they have given it a green signal.
“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,” said the official as quoted by the daily.
The report also added that the BCCI had shortlisted 10 umpires for the tournament and they attended the DRS sessions last December in Vizag. ICC Umpires coach Denis Burns had led the program and Australian umpire Paul Reiffel had shared his stand on the technology with the others.
“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 DRS in IPL and they wanted us to get used to the technology,” said an umpire, who attended the session.