At last! DRS to be part of the BBL this summer


Final summer season, preliminary plans catered for the introduction of DRS, just for the measure to be withdrawn a couple of weeks earlier than the opening recreation.

“The suppliers have mentioned that the BBL might be probably the most advanced competitions on the planet given the variety of video games, states and venues throughout a number of broadcasters,” the top of the BBL, Alistair Dobson, informed ESPN Cricinfo on the time.

“Whereas there was the potential to carry it in throughout a standard yr, all the extra challenges have meant it’s not going to be doable this season which is disappointing in a approach, however no matter we carry we need to be certain it’s dependable and the integrity of the competitors could be maintained.“

Quite a few “howlers” have marred the competitors over its first 11 editions. Few had been extra publicised than a call to provide Usman Khawaja not out when he clearly edged AJ Tye behind throughout a recreation between Sydney Thunder and Perth Scorchers at Manuka Oval in 2020.

The umpire, Simon Lightbody, was heard on stump microphones to point to Tye that Khawaja’s bat had hit the bottom, leaving the bowler dumbfounded.

A day later, Tom Cooper was given out lbw to the left-arm spin of Danny Briggs when replays confirmed he had hit the ball with the toe of his bat. The late Shane Warne, in commentary, made his emotions clear.

“Oh my goodness … what’s going on with this umpiring?” he mentioned. “One thing must be accomplished. That is simply ridiculous. Not one other one. Oh my goodness, have a look at that, geez. Wow, I imply, simply come on. I imply sufficient’s sufficient. Sufficient is sufficient.”

Fewer such scenes could be anticipated this summer season.

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