The 10th edition of the Big Bash League shattered all records of the viewership and became the most watched season of the tournament. The T20 league was played under new rules and introduced innovations such as Boost Point, X-Factor Substitude and Power Surge that added to the excitement of the fans. However, the season was marred by several umpiring errors, leaving the fans and experts frustrated.
Speaking to AAP, the Head of the Big Bash League Alistair Dobson has indicated that a BBL specific Decision Review System (DRS) would be introduced in the next season. Dobson was pleased with the audience’s response for BBL 10 and said.
“To finish the way it did last night … relief is certainly part of it and pride on behalf of everyone involved. That game reminded everyone how amazing the Big Bash is; we didn’t get as much of that this season, but it was a great reminder of what a great competition it is and how much people care about it.”
Earlier, Shane Warne lashed out at the poor standard of umpiring in the BBL 10. He said that BBL can’t be taken seriously without a Decision Review System.
“I’m sorry but who is in charge of the umpires in Australia? Every game we see horrible mistakes & it’s embarrassing for the BBL completion! The big bash is a wonderful tournament, but it’s fast becoming a joke and could ruin players’ careers. Please, can we have DRS immediately! No one likes to criticise the umpires as it’s a tough job – we know that. But while these howlers continue, what do we do? Say everyone makes mistakes & accept it? CA have to implement DRS immediately or we won’t attract big international players & the BBL won’t be taken seriously,” said Warne.