After granting the ever vexed Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS or DRS) for India’s international matches in 2016-17 England tour of India after showing reluctance to do so for around 8 years, (remember india was the part of the test series in 2008 with Sri Lanka when DRS was tested for very first time in international cricket) Board in control of cricket in India (BCCI) now have decided to implement the technology in their high profile T20 league ie. IPL.
According to a media daily, it was subjudice among BCCI officials for some time before they corresponded to it, ” The BCCI was keen to embrace DRS for quite some time but it is only this year we perceived that we should go for it in IPL. We have the best of all other systems place, then why not DRS? Anyway we have been using it for India’s international games for over a year and a half now.”, it read while quoting a BCCI official.
The report further said that last December the BCCI conducted DRS session in Vizag for 10 local umpires who have been shortlisted to be officiated in the IPL XI. The programme was led by ICC umpires’ coach Denis Burns and Aussie umpire Paul Reiffel.
“As local umpires are being hired for the IPL, the board had called us to be briefed about the system. We are 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.