The IPL governing council is not happy with the standard of umpiring in the tournament. The feedback they have received from captains has been far from satisfactory so far, but the organisers can’t do much at the moment. And, it seems, it is the Indian umpires who have come in for most criticism.
“What can you do about poor umpiring?” asked an IPL official. “Being the IPL, you have to give Indian umpires a chance. We wanted as many of the best of ICC umpires as possible, but that was not to be. You cannot change umpires in the middle of a tournament.”
Another official was surprised that Suresh Shastri, who has been removed from the ICC’s international panel, figured in the IPL.
Each of the Indian umpires have been given seven matches (on-field and television included) while the foreigners have been given 11.
A retired international umpire observing the umpires in the IPL on television from India said the overall standard has just been “OK”.
“A couple of umpires officiating outside India for the first time have been below par. It is not just about decisions but also how you handle pressure situations, whether you look lost after a decision or brooding over a decision and how quickly you come back,” he said. “Initially they were a little nervous about the environment but once the first ball was bowled, they grew in confidence.”
It is learnt that the Indian umpires have been assessing themselves and getting feedback from umpire coaches, though this is not an initiative from the board. “It is a private arrangement,” said an official.
BLOEMFONTEIN: India’s Sanjay Hazare, from Baroda, is among the more promising upcoming umpires from India. He was about to hand over the cap to Mumbai Indians’ Dwayne Bravo at the end of his over on Tuesday night, when his partner Rudi Koertzen signalled that the delivery was over the batsman’s head and should be called a wide.
After a little thought, Hazare signalled wide. Bravo bowled a no-ball next and off the free-hit, Sunny Sohal slammed a six.
Hazare had some explanation to do to Bravo at the end of the over about the wide that was called late.
On Sunday night, Kolkata Knight Riders’ Brendon McCullum was declared leg before wicket off Delhi Daredevils’ Ashish Nehra when the ball seemed to travel way outside the off-stump by Suresh Shastri.