The lack of DRS in the Big Bash League got its ugly head back on Sunday night as cricket fans across the country lost the plot to new controversy

Sam Heazlett pulled the Brisbane Heat into the BBL semi-finals and ended Sydney Thunder’s season with a great career best knock of 74 that didn’t fail

However, Heazlett’s exploits were somewhat overshadowed by another referee howler who again exposed the BBL’s refusal to implement DRS

Usman Khawaja was fortunate enough to survive an lbw scream in the opening overs at Manuka Oval Repetitions showed that the ball hit the central stump

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However, the referee on the field refused to lift his finger and the Heat was unable to use a DRS – which was not accepted into the BBL despite widespread requests from fans

Adam Gilchrist, who commented for Fox Cricket, was shocked that the referee hadn’t released it

“The line from it looked absolutely spot on. It hit him deep on the block too”

Fans poured in disbelief on social media, describing the caliber of the referee in the BBL this season as “shameful” and “awful”

BBL referee was an absolute shame all summer The 3 blind mice would do better

Why drs is not used in bbl, terrible decisions in almost every game, 1-2 bad decisions can change the outcome of the game, big disappointment

How is the lack of DRS justified at this point? We have players held accountable for their bad behavior, umpires responsible for their terrible and dissuasive arbitration right It’s negligent at this point

This is a shock how can you be a referee in this competition and not surrender that?

The lack of DRS was back in the spotlight on Saturday night when Mitchell Marsh was caught in the side of the leg despite the ball clearly missing his bat

The decision review system is not currently in use as the technology required would cost approximately $ 2 million per season

The Heat, who had a goal of 159 in Sunday night’s elimination final at Manuka Oval, plunged to 2:14 after losing openers Joe Denly and Chris Lynn

The required run rate threatened to spiral out of control as Heazlett and Marnus Labuschagne (32) tried to stabilize their 56-run partnership instead of breaking boundaries

Brisbane needed 89 runs of 48 balls when at the end of the 12th a diving label expired

But Heazlett and Jimmy Peirson (43, not eliminated) took advantage of the momentum and a win with seven wickets and combined an unbeaten stand with 92 runs that comprised only 43 deliveries

Heazlett, who stroked six fours and hit three sixes, was won in the 19th Dropped by teenage Tanveer Sangha at 69

It was the only glaring mistake in a masterful inning that saw Brisbane finish the chase with five balls remaining

“My head was probably spinning a little early, I played a few balls and missed,” Heazlett said

“Jimmy played really well, he’s in great shape this season so we had every confidence that we could increase the run rate

“Halfway through their innings, we win the game from there”

The Heat will face Perth Scorchers on Thursday night when the winner reaches an SCG final against Sydney Sixers on Saturday night

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