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Will there be DRS in the Big Bash League (BBL)?

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Cricket News: Will there be DRS in the Big Bash League (BBL)? | An update on the new playing conditions in the WBBL and BBL

The Decision Review System (DRS) will be introduced for both the men’s and women’s versions of the Big Bash League (BBL) from the coming season onwards.

However, DRS will be available in all of the BBL games but only 24 WBBL games that will be broadcast on both Seven and Foxtel.

On the other hand, 35 WBBL matches will be broadcast via live stream on Seven and cricket.com.au. As of now, BBL officials have assured that they will work towards bringing about greater and widespread DRS coverage for the future WBBL campaigns.

Delighted to have DRS in the BBL – Alistair Dobson

Logistical hurdles, multiple games played on the same day coupled with different technology providers used by Seven and Foxtel had emerged as impediments in the implementation of the DRS in the BBL so far.

“The league is delighted to introduce DRS… in line with the very best cricket competitions in the world. Implementing DRS has been a challenging task for the BBL, which is the most logistically complex T20 league in the world,” BBL chief Alistair Dobson was quoted in a report by cricket.com.au.

Dobson added, “That, plus the impact of the pandemic on travel and movement, have meant the technology has not been possible to introduce until this season.”

No more Bash Boost point or X-Factor substitution

The Power Surge innovation in which the batting side is allowed a two-over period from the 11th over onwards with only two opposition fielders outside the inner circle will now be extended to the WBBL. However, the powerplay duration is reduced to only four overs at the start of the innings in this case. On the other hand, the Bash Boost point and X-factor substitution modifications will be done away with in the upcoming campaign.

“We retain a clear desire to innovate and drive our leagues forward but are also willing to review decisions that have not realised the intended positive impact, such as the Bash Boost point and X-Factor substitution,” Dobson opened up on this latest development.

The opening match of the WBBL between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers in Mackay on 13th October will be the first game in the history of the competition to have the DRS technology available.

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