IPL 2018: Umpiring howlers - the story of the season

Some umpires in the lower rung, who earn Rs 15,000 a day, have been chosen for the IPL.

It’s time the BCCI set things right as umpiring errors can have an impact on the result.   -  AFP

 

Amidst the rousing hits and tight finishes, Indian Premier League-11 has been making news for another reason — umpiring howlers. We saw evidence of that again when Kolkata Knight Riders’ Tom Curran was adjudged to have bowled a no-ball against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday when almost half his foot was within the crease.

And it has just not been about no-balls (for height too) in the ongoing IPL. There have been embarrassing errors such as a seven-ball over — a crime in Twenty20 cricket where last ball finishes are commonplace — faulty leg-before and caught-behind decisions, apart from some wrong calling of wides.

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Is the BCCI following the right selection process for umpires in IPL? The umpires are graded in BCCI and around 12 of them are in top-tier, who get paid Rs. 20,000 per day for the board games.

Not all of them get picked for IPL.

Some umpires in the lower rung, who earn Rs 15,000 a day, have been chosen for the IPL.

Former international umpire Shavir Tarapore told Sportstar, “There is so much technology and scrutiny now and so many cameras. Nobody is perfect, and umpires are no exception. They are also humans.”

It’s time the BCCI set things right as umpiring errors can have an impact on the result.