The 2019-20 Ranji Trophy season noticed many firsts. It not solely noticed Saurashtra clinching the trophy for the primary time in the historical past of India’s premier home competitors, but additionally noticed the maiden utilization of Decision Review System (DRS) — although in restricted format — in the Ranji Trophy.
Speaking to IANS after the profitable completion of the Ranji Trophy, BCCI GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim stated that restricted DRS was capable of serve its function and the gamers and the match officers have been pleased with its introduction. According to Karim, they have been capable of eradicate a whole lot of umpiring errors which have been witnessed in the knockout levels of the final Ranji season, one thing which happy him lots.
“I am very happy to see the results of the limited DRS. I interacted with the players, the coaches and the match officials. The idea was to prepare them as and when the matches are played with full DRS, they are able to understand that and use it accordingly,” Karim pointed.
“We were able to eliminate lot of howlers which we had noticed in the last season of the Ranji Trophy knockouts.”
When requested concerning the response from the gamers and the match officers relating to restricted DRS, Karim stated the “overall feedback was heartening”.
“Largely, the gamers and the match officers have been very completely happy. Since it was a restricted DRS, it was defined to the gamers and the match officers the right way to use, the quantity and the type of choices to be referred to the third umpire.
“There have been clearly a couple of misgivings concerning the choices. But the general suggestions we acquired from the gamers and the coaches was heartening,” he stated.
Karim additional stated that as of now, they have not made any choice with regard to persevering with with the utilization of DRS in Ranji Trophy.
“There is a constant exchange with the players and the match officials as to how to take it forward. And now as the season is over, we will have a brain storming session before the next season starts and see how to take it forward,” he stated.
“You possibly cannot have it in the entire tournament because all the matches are not televised. It’s only the semi-finals and the finals which are televised. That’s one issue and it’s for that reason in order to bring uniformity, we cannot have DRS in the entire tournament,” he added.
Karim, who represented India in one Test and 34 ODIs, additionally expressed his opinion on the talk between the 4-day and 5-day Test matches. According to him, the unique format, i.e. 5-day format needs to be continued.
“For me, I believe in five-day Test matches. It’s not only about the players but also about the curators who prepare the pitch which is sporting enough and help all the aspects of the game till the fifth day,” stated Karim.
“The entire gambit of a Test match cricketing experience is of five days. Plus, weather plays a big role. You cannot have matches being played for more than 6-7 hours in a day. So, I think, I would prefer to stick with five-day format,” he added.