After years of holding a constant stance against the referral system, the board came to terms with it at the international level ahead of the England series in 2016-17. Interestingly, IPL will become the second T20 league to make use of DRS after the Pakistan Super League.
A BCCI official was quoted saying in the report, “The BCCI was keen to have DRS on board since quite some time but it was only this year we felt we should go ahead with it for the IPL. We have the best of all other systems in place, so why not DRS? Anyway we have been using it for India’s international matches for over a year and a half now.”
In December 2017, the board selected 10 domestic umpires for a DRS session in Vizag with interest of the IPL. The ICC umpires’ coach Denis Burns and former Australian pacer-turned umpire Paul Reiffel briefed the umpires about the technology.
“Indian domestic cricket doesn’t use the DRS system till date. As local umpires are being hired for the IPL, the board had called us to be briefed about the system. We were told that the board will be using DRS in IPL and they wanted us to get used to the technology,” one of the domestic umpires stated.