BCCI to evaluate umpires after season gets over

Umpiring has been area of concern in Ranji Trophy this season and many teams have called for the introduction of the Decision Review System in domestic cricket.

R. Vinay Kumar talks with umpire Saiyed Khalid during the Ranji Trophy semifinal between Karnataka and Saurashtra.   -  Sudhakara Jain

With some umpiring decisions in the Ranji Trophy semifinal between Saurashtra and Karnataka drawing flak earlier this week, there have been speculations on whether the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will take any measures ahead of the final, to be held in Nagpur later this week.

But the BCCI’s General Manager, Cricket Operations, Syed Saba Karim told Sportstar that the umpires will be assessed only after the season gets over.

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“We have prepared a schedule and accordingly the postings will be done. We cannot make any drastic changes. The umpires will be evaluated after the season and we will decide accordingly,” Karim said.

In the semifinal in Bengaluru, Karnataka alleged that a few umpiring decisions went against it, which led to its defeat. The biggest highlight, however, was on third day when Abhimanyu Mithun’s short ball had brushed the edge of Cheteshwar Pujara’s bat but he was adjudged not out by umpire Saiyed Khalid. Later in the day, the fans booed Pujara for not walking and even chanted slogans of ‘cheater’.

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“Look, these things happen in cricket and we can understand it. But one needs to understand that we are trying our level best and it will take us some more time to achieve the desired standard,” added the former India wicketkeeper.

Umpiring has been area of concern in this edition of the tournament and with howlers increasing, many teams have called for the introduction of the Decision Review System in domestic cricket.