The ongoing edition of Pakistan Cricket League (PSL) has been one of the best seen amongst various T20 leagues in the world. It has seen many local Pakistani talents contesting with some serious international stars. However all the success and hype was overshadowed by the match fixing scandal and arrest of Pakistani international cricketer Nasir Jamshed for alleged spot fixing.
However PSL recently announced that the finals of the tournament will be played in front of the Pakistani fans in Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistan has been starved of international cricket for the past few years with every major team declining to tour the country due to constant terror attacks. It all started with the 2009 terrorist attacks on the visiting Sri Lankan team and since then, Zimbabwe has been the only Test playing nation to play cricket in the country.
In a first for the PSL, Chairman Najam Sethi announced that PSL will become the first T20 league in the world to employ the DRS or the Decision Review System for its playoff matches. It will be the first time; the world will see DRS being used in any of the T20 matches as major leagues such as IPL and BBL have been reluctant to use the technology, as it is expensive to implement and is time consuming.
The first two playoff matches of the PSL 2017 will be played in Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah, while the third match will be played in Dubai International Cricket Stadium, with the finals played in the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Implementation of DRS has been a topic of debate between various ICC members because of the inaccuracy of the ball tracking and Hotspot technology that is employed in the whole system. There has been no word on the use of these two cutting edge technologies in the form of DRS that will be used in the playoffs of PSL 2017.
DRS has been employed in international cricket matches since its inception in the India and Sri Lanka Test match in 2008 and it was used in ODIs in 2011. Since 2011, it has gone many changes with respect to the leg before wicket rules. The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 will be the first ICC T20 event to see the use of DRS full time with one review per team.