DRS will be utilised in the men's T20 World Cup for the first time

The Decision Review Technology (DRS) will be used for the first time in an ICC men’s T20I as the governing body has confirmed that the system will be accessible later this month.

Each side will get a maximum of two reviews per innings, according to the ICC’s playing regulations issued this week for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which begins on October 17 and will be played in the UAE and Oman. Due to Covid-19-related reasons, the governing body confirmed one additional unsuccessful DRS review for each team in each innings of a match across all forms in June last year, “bearing in mind that there may be less experienced umpires on duty at times.” Since then, each team’s number of unsuccessful appeals each innings has grown to two in white-ball competitions and three in Tests.

For delayed and rain-interrupted matches, the ICC has decided to increase the minimum number of overs. During the T20 World Cup group stages, each team must bat for a minimum of five overs in order for the DLS method to determine the outcome. That is the current norm for any T20I.

The DRS, which allows the third umpire to be consulted in relation to a decision made by the on-field umpires, either through an umpire review or a player review, has been used in major ICC events such as the men’s Champions Trophy, 50-over World Cup, and World Test Championship, as well as the women’s ODI and T20 World Cups, since 2017.

The use of DRS in both men’s and women’s internationals is at the discretion of the participating boards for bilateral series under the ICC’s playing criteria.