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No DRS to be used in this season’s BPL



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Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) has abandoned plans to introduce Decision Review System (DRS) this year due to Covid-crisis. Ismail Haider Mollick, member secretary of the BPL's governing council confirmed on Friday.

Due to the spread of a new variant of Covid called Omicron, none of the experts at Hawk Eye, a company that offers DRS services, can visit Bangladesh. As a result, DRS has been omitted from the upcoming event.

"We cannot keep the DRS in a covid situation. Now they (technicians) can't fly. Their two teams are now in two countries, they will not be able to come to Bangladesh in this condition from there. Hawk-Eye Company is the sole provider of DRS in the world. No one wants to come because of Omicron. We will host Afghanistan after BPL. We have to talk about whether we can include DRS in the series or not,” said Mallick.

He also stated that BPL will be broadcast with the assistance of 26-27 cameras, saying, "We will try to improve the production." Every season, 26-27 cameras were used. In BPL, there are more cameras than in a bilateral series. In the past, there have been issues with the graphics. We'll be more careful this time,”

“I hope the overall production level will be good. Without DRS, there will be a big deficit. However, all other technology, such as drones, will be present," he added.

The tournament had planned to use DRS for the upcoming season starting from January 21.

The last edition of BPL had DRS facilities however there was no ultra-edge technology. As a result, the BPL organizers had to face criticism.

The 8th season of the six-franchise BPL will get under way when Fortune Barishal take on the Chattogram Challengers at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur.