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IPL 2019: BCCI officials blames CoA for the recent umpiring howlers

There is no umpires' committee in place at the moment.

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Indian Premier League 2019 has seen a lot of controversies in its short duration since beginning on March 23. The mankading incident in the RR v KXIP match saw Ravi Ashwin running out Jos Buttler attracted massive criticism for the former while a few backed him as well.

Last night, during the match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, saw another controversial ending. With RCB needing 7 runs to win off the last ball bowled by Lasith Malinga, the umpire at the bowling end, S Ravi missed a clear no-ball, and RCB ended up with just one run off that ball and lost the match.

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The incident became talked about during the post-match presentation, as Virat Kohli was furious with the umpiring and slammed the state of affairs.

BCCI official blames CoA

A senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official, after the incident, blamed the recent umpiring howlers on lack of professionalism on part of the board. “What you saw (yesterday) was a symptom and not the disease. It has been two years since the Umpires’ Committee functioned. The process that was followed earlier was that the umpires were assessed during the year by a panel of former umpires who were on the Umpires Committee, “the BCCI official was quoted as saying by the Business Standard.

“The Committee members were also free to visit and see the assessment being done. All of that went out of the window once the Committee of Administrators (CoA) moved in lock, stock, and barrel. Mistakes happened then too but there was a system because of which the umpires were apprehensive since they were being judged,” he added.

CoA disbanded the umpires committee and with no committee there is no set process to recruit umpires, resulting in such disasters.  The official also highlighted that the induction process of the umpires was also a hurried one this time ahead of the tournament.

“Cut to 2018-19. There is no Umpires’ Committee in place and when you look a little deeper, there were not even enough umpires prior to the start of the season to officiate in the ‘mega season’ which was an unmitigated disaster if you ask me. So, there was a hurried induction of umpires, which itself was riled in controversy since there were reports that one of the persons involved in the process was also running an academy to prepare umpires for these exams,” he said.

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