BAN vs WI ODIs: The opening match between the hosts Bangladesh and West Indies (BAN vs WI) is all set to commence from Jan 20 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka. It is expected that the first ODI between Bangladesh and West Indies being played without the Decision Review System (DRS), according to BCB's media committee chairman Jalal Yunus. The non-availability is associated with a DRS traveling from Britain and Bangladesh's COVID protocols arrivals from the U.K.
The bilateral series among the two playing nations consists of three ODIs and two Tests, kick-starting on January 20. On Saturday, Bangladesh called up its all-rounder Mahedi Hasan and uncapped youngsters Hasan Mahmud and Shoriful Islam in their 18-man squad for the ODI series against the West Indies. The series marks the return of international cricket to Bangladesh after a Covid-19 inturrption.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said he expected DRS to be available from the opening game given the series is part of the ICC Super League that affects qualification to the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup.
"I think the DRS will be there from the opening game," he said when probed about the confusion.
"DRS will surely be there but one issue of DRS is that our engineer is supposed to come from London. You know that England has the Covid Protocol that suggests that the first four days out of 14 days must be in isolation, which means four days in government isolation." Yunus told reporters on Monday.
"We have applied to the Ministry of Health for this and at the same time we have spoken with the Covid Authority who look after it. So let's see what happens now. But if we can manage the engineer on time than maybe on the 20th there will be no problem. Otherwise the problem of DRS will be solved after this match," he said.
What is the DRS method?
The Decision Review System (DRS) is a technology-based process for assisting the match officials with their decision-making. On-field umpires may consult with the third umpire (an Umpire Review) and players may request that the third umpire consider a decision of the on-field umpires (a Player Review).