Suitable for the domestic market but not for the IPL: why does the BCCI continue to prefer DLS over the ‘Made in India’ VJD method?

It has been over sixteen years since the Board of Control of India (BCCI) started using the V Jayadevan Method (VJD) for its domestic competitions. After an initial six-month trial in 2006, the Indian cricket board used the method used to calculate targets in rain-truncated limited-overs matches, but continues to ignore it for its greater propriety.

At a time when the entire country is experiencing a wave of “Make in India”, the Indian Premier League (IPL), the largest T20 league in the world, is still using a foreign calculation method.

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The Duckworth–Lewis–Stern (DLS) method, formally adopted by the International Cricket Council (ICC), continues to be the BCCI’s preference even as it uses the VJD method for all its domestic matches. Not only do BCCI tournaments, even domestic T20 leagues like the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) use the VJD method, but it is yet to even be trialled for the IPL.

Founder V Jayadevan knocked relentlessly on the doors of the BCCI but returned disappointed due to lack of interest from office bearers. He had a final interaction with BCCI chief executive Abey Kuruvilla in March 2023 and was assured a meeting to discuss the possibility of using VJD for IPL 2024. Some communications followed, but he there has been no dialogue for over six months now.

“There has been no dialogue with the BCCI for over six months. The last time I met BCCI officials was in March 2023, where Abey Kuruvilla told me that he would hold a meeting to discuss the possibility of using the VJD method for IPL 2024 .I don’t know why the BCCI is against its use in the IPL when all other competitions and domestic leagues in the country are using it. The IPL is also India’s domestic T20 league,” says Jayadevan.

IPL is not opposed to VJD


Indian Premier League Board Chairman Arun Dhumal said they were not averse to trying the VJD method in this cash-rich league but needed the green light from match officials and referees.

“We are not opposed to its use and it can certainly be explored, but the word of the referees and match officials would be important. We need to discuss with them to see if this can be implemented and then the discussions can move forward,” says Dhumal.

When asked why only the IPL uses the DLS method while all other Indian domestic tournaments, including the state’s T20 leagues, use VJD, Dhumal replied that DLS has been used since the first season of the ‘IPL and was also officially adopted by the ICC.

“Since the first season, IPL has been using the DLS method. It is also formally adopted by the ICC for international meetings. But we can definitely explore the VJD method for future editions and take into account the feedback from referees and match officials on this,” adds Dhumal.

In the past, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar had advocated for the VJD method and it was due to his efforts that it was implemented in Indian domestic tournaments from 2007 onwards. Gavaskar, during his tenure as chairman of the BCCI technical committee which also had former captain Sourav Ganguly on board recommended VJD for IPL 2011, but he failed to get the necessary approvals from senior BCCI officials.

Lump sum payments

Jayadevan, an engineer by training, was paid only twice by the BCCI and a substantial amount was released by the current administration where secretary Jay Shah facilitated the payment of Rs 21 lakh in February last year. Before this, he had received only Rs 5 lakh in 2010 but has no complaints and is “satisfied” with the payments made. For him, “future developments” are the key.

“I am happy with the payments that BCCI has made to me and the only concern is the lack of interest in future developments,” laments Jayadevan.

During his interactions with the ICC, Jayadevan had highlighted the flaws in the DLS method and it was his findings that forced DLS to undergo an update.

“The DLS method used by the ICC has many of the problems that I raised with senior ICC officials when communicating with them years ago. Even the DLS was updated to a newer version after I identified and reported the issues. I have been doing this for over 20 years now and I can safely say that VJD is a method that covers all the bases,” says Jayadevan.

To make his method more user-friendly, Jayadevan and Keshav Kolle, an umpire from Bengaluru, rolled out a major update to the VJD in 2023 that allowed access to various calculations from Android and iOS devices. The update also aimed to control users and allow access only to registered users. Besides the check, the updated method has some important adjustments in the calculations for the T20 format.

Jayadevan contacted the BCCI to use the updated version of the method, but there has been no movement on that front and the cricket board is still using the 2014 version of the method. He had also drawn up a cost plan for the entire Indian domestic calendar and the cost of using the updated method was proposed at just Rs 120 per match.

“We contacted the BCCI with the updated version and explained how it would only work for registered users. The cost we calculated was only Rs 1,80,000, which is only Rs 120 per match for the 1,500 matches expected in a year. Similarly, we have come up with a template for various state associations and the cost has been further reduced to just Rs 100 per match. Only the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has signed the MoU and that too for Rs. 65 per match but they have 4,000 matches,” says Jayadevan.

If the BCCI uses the VJD method for domestic tournaments, what’s stopping them from using it in the IPL as well? It is time for the board to clearly articulate the “Make in India” method to support it not only at the national level but also internationally.

DLS and VJD:

• The DLS method was officially adopted by the International Cricket Council in 1999.

• The VJD was trialled on the Indian national circuit in 2006 before being used regularly from the 2007 season onwards.

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    first publication: March 21, 2024, 10:34 am IST


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