The Decision Review System or DRS will make its debut in the IPL for the first time in the upcoming IPL 2018 season. BCCI, despite been reluctant to embrace the technology and having resisted it for a decade, have given the green light to be used in IPL 11.
IN 2016, BCCI relented and reluctantly used the DRS when England toured India. Before that, the BCCI had been adamant that DRS was not a foolproof technology and were not keen on using it in bilateral series.
“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 said, according to Indian Express.
The board in December had picked the top 10 domestic umpires in the country for a session on DRS in Vizag keeping the IPL in mind. Denis Burns, the ICC umpires’ coach and former Australian pacer-turned umpire Paul Reiffel were called to educate the umpires on the technology and these 10 umpires will be officiating in the IPL 11.
“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 DRS in IPL and they wanted us to get used to the technology,” one of the domestic umpires who attended the session said.
The Pakistan Super League was the first T20 league to adopt the DRS