According to reports, the BCCI lacks money for Decision Review System (DRS), and therefore the Mumbai vs. Madhya Pradesh Ranji Trophy 2022 final will be played without the DRS. It had previously experimented with a constrained DRS (in 2019–20) without HawkEye and UltraEdge. The board decided against that course of action because the move didn’t work out as they had hoped.
Fans are unhappy about BBCI not willing to spend on DRS for the Ranji Trophy final as it is one of the biggest events in Indian domestic cricket.
BCCI doesn’t have money for DRS in the Ranji Trophy final
At the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, the Ranji Trophy 2022 final between Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh is underway. On the first day of play, a few close calls were already evident. Sarfaraz Khan of Mumbai narrowly avoided being dismissed by LBW. A BCCI official responded that using the technology is an expensive endeavor when asked about the absence of DRS and its potential impact on the game’s remaining 4 days. The board intends to avoid spending money and to have confidence in its umpires for the entire final.
“We believe in our umpires,” a BCCI official said.
“It’s an expensive exercise to use the DRS. The costs shoot up. How does it matter if there’s no DRS in the final. It’s time we trusted the umpires. India’s two best umpires (KN Ananthapadmanabhan and Virender Sharma) are officiating in this game. And what’s the end result? If you use it in the final, you will want to introduce it in the league stage of the Ranji Trophy too,” a former India player said.
What comes as shocking is that the BCCI is blaming DRS‘ “cost” as the reason for the technology’s absence from the Ranji Trophy final despite having secured a media rights deal worth INR 48,930 crore for the Indian Premier League in the 2023–27 cycle.