Mumbai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is all set to introduce the Decision Review System (DRS) to the shortest format of the game.
ICC CEO Dave Rishardson confirmed in a social media release that the apex cricket governing body in the world is looking to introduce DRS to different top-level competitons.
The ICC Champions Trophy, and the Women’s World Cup, both of which are to be held in England later this year, will have the DRS.
“The Board confirmed in the meetings that we will use DRS for the Champions Trophy and the women’s World Cup previously we didn’t use DRS for Women’s event now we are going to use it in all the televised games of Women’s World Cup,” said Richardson.
DRS has been a controversial topic in cricket, which the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has opposed for quite some time. However, the Indian cricket board accepted the newly revised version of the DRS last year, and India have reaped the benefit of the decision review system in the four Tests and three ODIs against England.
However, more controversy cropped up during the three-match T20 international series between India and England. Three Lions’ batsman Joe Root was given out LBW at a crucial stage of the second T20, despite the fact that the ball had caught the edge of his bat before going on to hit his pads.
As DRS is not used in T20 cricket, England could not review the decision, and ended up losing the series 2-1.
Following these controversies, Richardson has come out to confirm that the ICC has decided to include DRS in T20 cricket as well.
“In addition to that for the World T20 both Men and Women we will use the DRS. That means it will impact the Women’s World T2o in 2018 scheduled for the West Indies which will be the first time that it happen and after that in Australia in 2020,” he said.
However, Richardson did not clear the air about whether DRS will be used in bilateral T20 series.
“The aspect of whether we should use DRS in bilateral T20 cricket is still to be discussed by the cricket committee and also it will be considered by the chief executives whether they want to adopt it anyway in the meantime until the cricket committee decides whether they want to use it on a bilaterally agreed basis,” said Richardson....