Big Bash will wait another year to introduce a decision evaluation system (DRS), with COVID-19 and border closures stopping implementation this summer.
- Lack of certainty about technology move to Australian venues means no DRS for Big Bash and WBBL until next season
- A plan for only TV playbacks was dropped because only three calls would have been changed in 2020-21 using this system
- Full DRS will be introduced in time for next summer in cricket
BBL executives told players Sunday night that they had planned to bring a system this year for both men and women following a series of howling decisions in 2020-21.
Under the plan, Cricket Australia (CA) was prepared to bring four times as many DRS units to Australia to the BBL as they would for the international summer plan, due to the proliferation of venues.
But months of work have been regretted, as CA concerned border closures could stop both technology and operators from participating in all games.
“We have spent a lot of time researching all the possibilities and understanding the technology, logistics and complexity surrounding it,” said BBL CEO Alistair Dobson.
“The technology providers were familiar with all that in a normal year.
“But then you overlay the fact that they are largely based abroad and you have to bring more crews into the country.
“There is uncertainty around the internal borders. [And], potentially uncertainty about the schedule.
The border situation is made more difficult by the fact that CA is still hoping to get matches played in COVID-affected New South Wales and Victoria this summer.
The organizers were also considering using a television-only playback system for this season, as some of them told last summer.
However, an analysis of last season’s two tournaments showed that only three decisions would have been overturned using only replays.
For example, there would not have been sufficient evidence to topple Usman Khawaja’s presumed edge against Perth on play alone without being able to refer to Snicko.
A similar scenario also surrounded Mitch Marsh’s controversial caught behind, down the leg against the Sydney Sixers in the final.
The organizers also did not want players and referees to learn a new system for just one season before full DRS is introduced next summer.
“One of the things you just need to be aware of is what are you trying to solve?” Said Dobson.
“How many potential wrong decisions do a particular solution make, and what are the trade-offs or unintended consequences?”
Meanwhile, organizers will stick to Bash Boost, Power Surge and X-factor innovations in BBL, but they will not be present in WBBL when it starts on Thursday.
Free ball at stumps if players brake to the fold
The only rule change in both BBL and WBBL will be batters who get 75 seconds to get to the fold when a wicket falls, where bowlers get a free ball at the stumps if they do not arrive within that time.
This delivery will be treated like a ball in innings, and will go down like a dot if the bowl misses.
The organizers do not expect the rule to come into play, but it will rather enforce an acceleration for the batting side.
Additional penalties in the game in addition to fines and suspensions were discussed for bowling sites with slow-over rates, but not introduced.
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