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For the first time ever, the Decision Review System (DRS) will be used in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The IPL is the second domestic Twenty20 competition to use the technology after it was in effect during the 2017 Pakistan Super League (PSL) playoffs.
The move to incorporate the DRS in the IPL is a huge move by the BCCI, especially considering that they were the last board to adopt the technology as they only started using it when they hosted England in 2016.
A senior Indian match official revealed that the BCCI decided to use the DRS in this year’s IPL after some of the doubts a few of the BCCI’s decision-makers had about the technology in the past were cleared up.
“In T20s, one decision makes a huge difference,” the official was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “People have a misconception that only the longer format of the game needs DRS. But, in the longer version, there is enough time to absolve a mistake you make. But in T20s, you don’t have such time. If a good, in-form batsman is given a wrong decision, that can finish off the game completely.”
The 2018 IPL will begin on April 7, with the Mumbai Indians, who are the reigning champions, taking on the Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium.