In the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Decision Review System (DRS) will be available for the first time. From the 2018 season-opener on April 7, each team will get one review per innings, and the third umpire will have access to both ball-tracking and Ultra Edge.
The use of DRS in T20 is fairly new – it was only from October 1 last year that the ICC made DRS mandatory in T20 internationals. The ICC has not used the DRS during the World Twenty20 editions held so far, but is likely to use it for the time being during the Women’s World T20, scheduled to be played in the West Indies later this year.
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) became the first T20 tournament to use the DRS, when it did so during the play-off stages of the 2017 season.
It is understood the IPL will conduct another seminar for umpires and match officials on April 3 and 4 which will also feature a session on DRS. Umpires agreed that the DRS would ease the pressure on them.
While the decision was made public today by IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, he did not comment on who would pay for the DRS. In international cricket the norm has been for the broadcaster to pay for the DRS. Star India paid a record-breaking $2.55 bn late last year to bag the global media rights for IPL for the next five years.