• Wednesday, August 10, 2022


Indian cricket board, world’s richest, ridiculed for saying DRS is expensive for home tournament: ‘Irony at best’

A scene from a Ranji Trophy match in India. (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

THE Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said that the decision review system (DRS) will not be available for this year’s Ranji Trophy final, which is currently underway between Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru in the southern state of Karnataka.

Several media houses in the country quoted an official of the cricket’s governing body along with another source and they threw light on why the final of the country’s premier domestic tournament doesn’t have a DRS system in place.

The Quint quoted a BCCI official who said that the Indian board believes in the credibility of its umpires.

“We believe in our umpires. India’s two best umpires are officiating in this game. It’s time we trusted our umpires,” he said. KN Ananthapadmanabhan and Virender Sharma – both seasoned umpires – are officiating in the match. However, when these same umpires do their duty in an international or Indian Premier League (IPL) match, the DRS system is still used and nobody says that the umpires are not believable.

The BCCI official, however, is not convinced that the lack of the DRS is an issue with the Ranji Trophy final. He also said that if the DRS is introduced in the final, it has to be used in the league stage of the tournament as well. But even if it is not used in the league matches since the tournament is a mammoth one with 38 teams, why can’t it be used in the knock-out stage at least, so that human errors can be kept to the minimum.

The official also said that it’s expensive to use the DRS but then, it was just a few days ago that the cricketing body sold the rights of the 2023-27 cycle of the IPL for a whopping Rs 44,075 crore (£4.5 billion), which is almost three times the price of the 2018-22 cycle.

Twitter was abuzz after hearing the BCCI say that starting the DRS system in Ranji Trophy is an expensive process. Funny reactions and memes flooded the platform as people questioned how the world’s richest cricket board could give such an excuse:




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