The launch of Decision Review System (DRS) in the KFC Big Bash League is unlikely to happen shortly. Cricket Australia is of the opinion that introduction of DRS will lead to unnecessary delays.
The number one priority with the BBL and WBBL is to present a compact format that entertains from start to finish. There would need to be a compelling reason to implement anything that counters that objective, and at this stage, we feel that DRS would open up the potential for delay, with the review process as it stands,” a spokesperson from Cricket Australia said.
Speculations about DRS rose in the wake of Chris Lynn’s dismissal off Rashid Khan in the Big Bash League encounter on December 31. The hard-hitting opener was given out caught behind; however, commentator Mark Waugh questioned the validity of the dismissal. Waugh stated that the bat might have hit the ground.
“If you can do it quickly, yes. Give them 30 seconds, maybe. One look at a Hot Spot would clarify that pretty quickly, wouldn’t it? It’s not to be. Chris Lynn had to cop it. He did accept it,” Waugh stated.
International Cricket Council (ICC) have already introduced DRS as per the revised playing conditions of the ICC that came into effect last year. DRS has also been tried in the league games. The technology is used in the knockout stage of the Pakistan Super League.