Thursday, April 18, 2024

Concern over umps’ TV rulings


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NOT FOR THE FIRST TIME, umpires having to make decisions based the television evidence before them 100 yards or so from the incident has generated heated argument.

It has also raised a question mark against an established rule of the game and advanced the need to have alongside them a specialist, trained at interpreting television images.  Their knowledge of the laws does not extend to their expertise in properly interpreting grainy replays on their screens.

Australian Stephen Fry’s run out verdict against England’s Chris Jordan from his only ball, after repeated examination of television shots from different angles, was critical in the closing stages of their loss to Bangladesh on Monday that put them out of the World Cup.

The catch by Ireland’s John Mooney at deep mid-wicket to remove Zimbabwe’s Sean Williams on the stroke that would have carried him from 96 to 102 and Zimbabwe 21 runs from their goal was equally contentious.

Please read the full story in today’s Midweek Nation, or in the eNATION edition.

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