Umpire Satrajit Lahiri was asked by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to attend a corrective camp at its umpires' academy in Nagpur on the basis of his performance in the last domestic season. Three months later, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) adjudged Lahiri the best umpire in its top grade for 2010-11.
Lahiri will get an award for the Best Umpire in Category I (BCCI) at the CAB's annual awards ceremony on July 23. Yet, he was one of two umpires from Bengal - the other being Premdip Chatterjee - among the 15 from across the country who were asked to attend the corrective course.
The BCCI has 96 umpires officiating its domestic matches, including four from Bengal.
"The list was drawn up by our three-member experts' panel comprising S Venkataraghavan, VK Ramaswamy and AV Jayaprakash and was based on footages from domestic matches played last season," BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty told HT.
"The panel listed 15 umpires from the younger batch. It was a kind of refresher course focusing on corrective measures. The umpires were shown the mistakes they had made during the season and the corrective measures were discussed," he said.
Each batch attended a two-day course at the academy that was overseen by faculty members SK Bansal and VN Kulkarni, former international umpires, said a source at the academy who did not want to be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Shetty confirmed that Lahiri was one of the 15 called to the camp. Asked if he saw a contradiction in Lahiri getting the CAB's best umpire award, Shetty said: "He's done well in domestic matches. We are calling those people to the camp who have the potential to be better."
The CAB, on the other hand, said Lahiri, 40, was called by mistake. "Lahiri was told his performance had been good and he was sent back without any correction," said CAB joint-secretary Biswarup Dey.
He added that the CAB uses its own analysis to decide on the annual awards.