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The Limited Decision Review System (DRS) received a thumbs up from the BCCI umpires who officiated in the Ranji Trophy semi-final. While Yashwant Barde and K Srinivasan were the two on-field umpires, Anil Chaudhary was the TV umpire for the Ranji Trophy semi-final fixture between Bengal & Karnataka in Kolkata.
While, Barde “welcomed” the move, K Srinivasan, termed it as one of the most brilliant experiences he has had. “This is my 23rd year of a career in BCCI umpiring and I have never had such an experience,” said K Srinivasan.
As this was the first time when the Limited DRS was to be used in Indian domestic cricket, the umpires started their preparations immediately after receiving the match postings.
“We started our preparations as soon as we received the appointments. It helped that Anil Chaudhary was a TV umpire, who had experience of officiating in a DRS match. We prepared a list of doubts before reporting at Kolkata and discussed amongst ourselves and wherever we had difficulty, Anil was there to lend a helping hand. This exercise ensured that we were well-prepared for the match,” added K Srinivasan.
Elaborating on the same, Chaudhary said that experience of umpiring in a DRS match helped me to clear any doubts of my colleague umpires. “We discussed the processes that were needed to be followed to make our job easy whenever there was any referral. The point of discussions included the tools available and their use. The communication with the TV crew & Director and their support with their inputs were instrumental in performing to the best of our abilities,” Chaudhary said.
“We knew that the matches will be broadcast LIVE – every spectator and stakeholder that was watching the game knew what was happening. Since it was on-air, there was no confusion at all. We need to remember that BCCI has become a trendsetter rather than trend follower by using DRS in domestic cricket,” added Chaudhary.
The teams also provided positive feedback about the Limited DRS after the completion of the match. The players and the coaches expressed their satisfaction and termed this experience as fantastic and should be extended to all the knockout matches going forward.