DRS or no DRS :How Indian umpires can enhance
That glaring mistake prompted veteran batsman Subramaniam Badrinath to slam the prevailing umpiring standards.
Inconsistent umpiring has been a bane of Indian cricket also it has been highlighted further with quite some debatable decisions in the on-going tenth edition of the Indian Premier League. Former international umpire K Hariharan considers the standard of umpiring that is Indian can enhance by having mentors to guide the 'clueless' officials.
"Like the selectors are constantly observing the players from the sidelines, you will need to have mentors for umpires who can track their operation through the match and point out their positives and negatives right following the game," Hariharan said on Sunday.
That glaring blunder prompted seasoned batsman Subramaniam Badrinath to slam the prevalent umpiring standards.
"As of now, there is nobody to direct Indian umpires on the national circuit. All of us understand that sometimes happens and some umpiring howlers have been perpetrated in the IPL, human mistakes happen on a regular basis.
Hariharan is a part of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's review committee which is designed to periodically propose changes for enhancing the umpiring standards in national cricket. The panel comprises former umpires Vijay Chopra, I Shivram, V K Ramaswamy besides Hariharan himself.
"We have submitted our report (to the BCCI) in which we have proposed the appointment of mentors for the top 25 umpires of the country. The Board will determine the future course of action," said the 61-year-old including that 110 umpires are certified by the BCCI right now.
The social media continues to be abuzz with posts on the mortifying umpiring mistakes already committed in the contest together with the IPL bringing international attention. Especially the on-field duo of Nitin Menon and CK Nandan have had a dread tournament so far.
Both of them had let David Warner to take after he struck a four off the last ball of the preceding over in the game between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians in Mumbai strike over the next.
Days before, on the field, the same pair was officiating at the same place when Rohit Sharma was adjudged leg before wicket despite getting a huge inside edge ahead of the ball hit the pads.
"Among all #IPL seasons.inferior umpiring standards have prevailed for ages in national circuit, its merely being highlighted through #IPL2017," Badrinath had tweeted.
Hariharan found the decision involving Warner unacceptable.
"The third umpire must have stepped in that scenario. Nonetheless, not hearing huge edges sometimes happens particularly in the IPL where you see big noisy crowds," he said.
Hariharan believes the arrival of the Decision Review System has added to the pressure on the umpires.
"Overall, I might say that Indian umpires aren't bad in any way. One must take into account that umpires are consistently judged by their mistakes, not by the decisions that are nice they make.
"I say DRS or no DRS, the umpire needs to be making minimum blunders."
Globally, Sundaram Ravi is the lone Indian umpire in the 12-member ICC elite panel including four Englishmen, three Australians, and one each from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa and New Zealand.