Pandemic forces Big Bash League to wait another year for DRS

The Big Bash will delay the implementation of a decision review mechanism by a year due to Covid-19 and border closures this summer. After a string of poor judgments in 2020–21, BBL executives informed players on Sunday night that they planned to introduce a system for both men and women this year.

Due to the distribution of venues, CA was ready to bring four times as many units into Australia for the BBL as they will during the international summer. Although CA was worried that border closures may prevent both the technology and its operators from attending all games, months of labor were undone.

BBL CEO Alistair Dobson told AAP, “We’ve spent a lot of time studying all options and understanding the technology, logistics, and complexity around it. “In a typical year, the technology suppliers felt at ease with everything.”

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“However, on top of that, you have to bring in several crews because they are primarily based abroad. Internal borders are surrounded by uncertainty. There could be some doubt regarding the schedule. There simply came a time when we were unable to reliably carry out [implementation for] the entire competition without missing some games.

The fact that CA still hopes to have games played in Covid-stricken NSW and Victoria this summer complicates the border scenario. A television replay-only system was also taken into consideration by the organizers for this season, as was suggested by several last summers.

“But then you add in the fact that they’re primarily headquartered abroad, and you have to bring in several teams. Around internal borders, there is uncertainty. There could be doubts about the scheduling. There simply came a time when we lacked the confidence to execute [implementation] consistently throughout the competition, resulting in missed games.

The border problem is complicated by CA’s continued desire to play matches this summer in Covid-stricken NSW and Victoria. Additionally, the use of a television replay-only system was taken into consideration by the organizers, as was suggested by some last summer.

What problem are you seeking to tackle is one thing that you simply must be crystal clear about. Dobson remarked. What are the trade-offs or unintended effects of a given solution, and how many possible mistakes in judgment does it prevent?

In the meanwhile, the BBL will continue to use the Bash Boost, Power Surge, and X-factor innovations, but the WBBL, which begins on Thursday, will not.

As soon as a wicket falls, hitters will have 75 seconds to get to the crease; if they do not, bowlers will receive a free ball at the stumps. This is the only rule change that will apply to both the BBL and the WBBL. If the bowler misses, that delivery will be counted as a dot rather than a ball in the innings.


The regulation won’t be used, according to the organizers, but it will force the batting side to hurry up. For bowling sides with slow-over, additional in-game sanctions beyond fines and suspensions were suggested.

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