Limited DRS use was always planned for Ranji semis and not quarters: Saba Karim
By: PTI | New Delhi |

Published: February 18, 2020 10:39:22 pm


Umpires who don’t do well will be weeded out: Saba Karim BCCI’s normal supervisor of cricket Saba Karim. (Source: Twitter/File Photo) 

The restricted use of Decision Review System was always planned for the Ranji Trophy semifinals and not from the knockout phases, clarified BCCI’s normal supervisor of cricket Saba Karim on Tuesday.

The transfer to introduce restricted DRS comes after the umpires dedicated some howlers in some knockout video games of the earlier season. However, the quarterfinals beginning on Thursday will not see the use of DRS.

“We are introducing from the semifinals. This the first time we have initiated this program, we wanted to bring in semifinals and we have done that. It was never meant for the quarterfinals,” Karim, additionally a former India wicketkeeper informed PTI.

“The whole idea is that we wanted to bring in the DRS wherein we can have uniformity for both the games and that will be in the semifinals. All the four teams have been pitted equally and that would not have been possible before (in quarters),” he stated.

The restricted expertise for Ranji semis will not have Hawk Eye and Ultra Edge, two key elements of the DRS utilized in worldwide video games. “We will be using the technology which is available to us. We are looking at a very limited use of the DRS. We don’t have snickometer and ball tracking. We have red zone and we have spin vision and we will try and give whatever is available to umpires for them to decide,” added Karim.

In July, Karim had stated the DRS shall be used from knockouts. “Last season, in some of the knockout matches, there was some flak on umpires because there were some terrible howlers. So we want to avoid all that and use whatever help we can get.”

“For the knockouts in Ranji Trophy matches, we will utilise all the technology available to us as a means to apply the limited DRS to help the on-field umpires make the correct decision,” he had informed ESPNcricinfo in July.

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