IPL 2019: BCCI unlikely to pass sanctions on umpires S Ravi and Nandan
It is reported that an unhappy and an angry Kohli barged into the match referee’s room after the game.
Updated - Mar 29, 2019 8:49 pm
We are coming to the fag end of the first week of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Eight games have been played and barring Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), all the other teams have played two games each. However, despite good cricket being played, the limelight is on a lot of other things.
Umpiring is one such thing that has been in the spotlight ever since this IPL has started. There have been some howlers and none bigger than the Lasith Malinga [uncalled] no-ball. Umpire S Ravi didn’t notice the Sri Lankan fast bowler’s foot go over the line. It was the last ball of the match and 7 runs were required.
Hence, there’s been a huge backlash. However, there might not be a sanction against Ravi and the other umpire Nandan due to the limited number of umpires assigned in the IPL. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken note, however, as there are only 17 umpires with six are foreigners, their hands are tied.
“Currently we have only 17 umpires assigned on-field and for third umpires’ duty. Out of them, 11 are Indian and six foreigners from the Elite Panel. Apart from them, we have six more Indians as fourth umpires,” a member from the now-defunct umpiring sub-committee was quoted saying on TOI.
Fuming Virat Kohli stormed into match referee’s room: Reports
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli was evidently furious at the no-ball that wasn’t called. He minced no words when he blatantly criticised the umpire for making a ridiculous decision. The India skipper said that the umpires need to keep their eyes open all the time.
It is reported that an unhappy and an angry Kohli barged into the match referee’s room after the game. It is also reported that the RCB skipper used abusive language in the room. He didn’t care about the aftermath of confronting the match referee Manu Nayyar and violating the code of conduct.