The Decision Review System (DRS) would be used in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League, confirmed IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla in a press conference.
“Yes, we have been considering the idea for many years,” he said.
From the season-opener match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, each team would get one review per innings and the third umpire would have access to both ball-tracking and ultra edge.
Rajeev Shukla while speaking in the press conference also announced that the player with the best strike rate in each IPL game would be rewarded and a Nexon car would be presented to the player to the player with over-all highest strike-rate in the tournament.
The BCCI has also announced that six captains of IPL franchises don’t need to attend the opening ceremony scheduled on April 7 owing to logistical issues.
Only skippers of the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians would be attending the opening ceremony.
Reportedly, the eight captains would shoot a special video on April 6 and leave for their cities later in the evening.
The DRS was used for the first time in a T20 tournament in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) during the play-off stages of the 2017 season.
The use of DRS in T20s is quite new as ICC made the has recently made the use of DRS from October 1, 2017.
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The ICC has not used the DRS during the World Twenty20 editions yet, but it might use the DRS for the during the Women’s World T20, scheduled to be played in the West Indies later this year.
India was among the last countries to begin the use of DRS and adopted it for home games during the home Test series against England in 2016-17.
Last year, MS Dhoni was fined for breaching the code of conduct when he made the T-signal, appealing for review against Mumbai Indians despite knowing the fact that there was no DRS.