Umpire Nogajski hospitalised due to food poisoning

Nogajski is set to be discharged from Vikram Hospital on Tuesday morning. Though his health condition is stable, he has been asked to rest for the remaining match and fly fit to Nagpur to resume duties in the next round.

Sportstar understands that Nogajski complained of severe stomach pain late night on Sunday.   -  Getty Images

Umpire Sam Nogajski, the Australian who had been officiating Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy Group A tie against Uttar Pradesh, has been hospitalised due to food poisoning. As a result, his partner for the game, Virender Sharma, had to officiate from the strike’s end all through the second day’s play at the at the Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadeyar Ground.

Sportstar understands that Nogajski, the Tasmanian who was officiating in India for the first time due to the umpire exchange programme between the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Cricket Australia, complained of severe stomach pain late night on Sunday. It was followed by him being hospitalised in the wee hours of Monday.

Nogajski is set to be discharged from Vikram Hospital on Tuesday morning. Though his health condition is stable, he has been asked to rest for the remaining match and fly fit to Nagpur to resume duties in the next round. Umpire P. Jaipal from Karnataka will partner Sharma for the last two days.

In Nogajski’s absence, reserve umpire Vejith D. joined Sharma in the middle but since the local umpire isn’t a member of the BCCI panel, Sharma kept changing ends at the completion of every over. It took a toll on his concentration, which resulted in Mumbai opener Kaustubh Pawar being adjudged caught at gully when the ball appeared to have missed the bat and jumped in the air off his thigh guard.

Interestingly, Nogajski’s predecessor under the umpire exchange programme, John Ward, had to be replaced midway through a game after being struck on the head by a shot off Punjab tailender Barinder Sran against Tamil Nadu in Dindigul last year.