After implementing the Decision Review System (DRS) in the international matches at home, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to launch this system from the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Notably, earlier BCCI was a bit rigid about using this system; however, after Virat Kohli taking over the reign from MS Dhoni, India has implemented DRS in their home games.
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BCCI organised a DRS Workshop for the first time for the top ten Indian umpires who are outside the International Cricket Council (ICC) panel headed by Denis Burns, the ICC Umpires coach and former Australian cricketer turned umpire Paul Reiffel at Vizag.
All the umpires will be seen officiating matches during IPL, and this could be BCCI’s way of initiating the officials with DRS.
However, as per reports in TOI, a top BCCI official said that ‘nothing has been decided’ yet; however, it can’t get ruled out either.
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“This is the first time that such a DRS specific workshop has been conducted for BCCI umpires. Technology is definitely going to play a key role in umpiring decisions in the future. So there has to be awareness among the umpires regarding DRS. As of now, there hasn’t been any decision taken on having DRS this IPL. But there’s still time,” the official was heard saying while talking to TOI.
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Burns and Reiffel explained the details of the system to the umpires present at the workshop.
“Indian umpires who are officiating as fourth umpires in international matches should also be well versed with DRS protocols. Burns and Reiffel explained how the system works, the communication required during DRS calls and there was a simulation session as well. The workshop carried on for the entire day,” the official concluded.
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