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BCCI set to loosen DRS stance, could be introduced in IPL

BCCI has traditionally been against the review system, asking for its exclusion from the World Cup.

Rajiv Shukla is contemplating the inclusion of DRS in IPL

The Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) is all set to loosen its stance over the controversial Decision Review System (DRS), after a meeting in Mumbai today. The much-debated technological addition could be implemented in the 2016 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

IPL Governing Council Chairman Rajeev Shukla said, “One of the members have proposed the use of DRS in the 2016 IPL, we have considered it and have just opened discussions regarding it. I would not like to discuss much about the matter at it has not reached a stage of disclosure yet. However, what I can confirm is that we are not completely against its usage.”

BCCI acceptance of the review system comes as a massive shock. The Board has consistently criticised the system as a ‘flawed’ concept. Indian limited overs Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni himself expressed his grievances over DRS, earlier this month.

Sources close to the BCCI claim that Shashank Manohar’s approval of the concept has been the defining factor with the topic raised. A source told Sportskeeda, “BCCI Chief Shashank Manohar has advocated that DRS could be used excluding the lbw. Certain members within the hierarchy also supported the claim. Hence, it was brought up in the meeting today. However, it will require several revisions for it to be given the green signal.”

India was majorly affected by the absence of DRS during the ongoing India Australia series. During the first one dayer of the five match-ODI series, George Bailey’s first ball dismissal of Barinder Sran’s bowling was adjudged not out. However, replays clearly indicated that Bailey had knicked the ball, which was eventually caught by MS Dhoni. This particular decision would have changed the entire match.

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