WPL 2023: Players Can Challenge On-Field Umpire Against Wide And No-Ball Using DRS In WPL, Might Be Implemented In IPL

Jemimah Rodrigues
Jemimah Rodrigues (Image Credits: Twitter)

The inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) made good use of technology and became the first T20 league to introduce a new rule stating that players can challenge any decision on the field, not just dismissals, be it a no-ball or a wide ball. This rule may be implemented during the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Gujarat Giants, Mumbai Indians, UP Warriors, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Delhi Capitals will compete in 22 matches over three weeks for the inaugural title. The best cricketers from around the world will participate in the marquee event. All 22 games will be played at Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai between March 4 and 26.

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Earlier, players could only challenge an off-field decision for dismissal and not for wides and no-balls. This is no longer the same in the WPL and IPL, with the team using the two reviews that are entitled to them per innings. However, leg-bye decisions cannot be reviewed using DRS.

“A player may request a review of any decision taken by the on-field umpires concerning whether or not a batter is dismissed, with the exception of ‘Timed Out’ (Player Review). A player may also be allowed to review any decision taken by on-field umpires concerning wide or no-ball,” the WPL playing conditions said.

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The audience witnessed new regulations during the first two matches of the ongoing edition of the WPL. Spinner Saika Ishaque’s delivery was called wide down the leg side by the on-field umpire in the tournament opener between the Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Giants. The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side reviewed a wide call, and replays showed the ball had brushed the batter Monica Patel’s glove.

Delhi Capitals batter Jemimah Rodrigues used DRS to review a high waist no ball in the bowling of RCB seamer Megan Schutt. The on-field umpires hadn’t signalled no-ball for height. However, the third umpire did not overturn the original decision with replays, and ball-tracking showed that the ball dipped on Rodrigues because the batter had crouched a fair bit, almost down on her back knee.

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