Umpires propose national academy of their own

Published: Saturday, June 5, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The five zonal representatives of the national umpires fraternity proposed to the top brass of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to start a national academy for umpires on the lines of the one for cricketers that is based in Bangalore.

The BCCI, on its part, has asked the umpires to shape up following a spate of complaints from Ranji Trophy captains and coaches during the one day conclave on Friday, while proposing to arm the umpires with powers to call bowlers for 'chucking' as a remedial measure in domestic cricket.

The Board has also told the umpires in no uncertain terms that they were stagnating and strong measures, like workshops at the zonal level, are the need of the hour to improve the standard of umpiring throughout the country.

The BCCI also proposed during the interactive session to arm match referees with more powers to help the umpires perform their duties better.

All these proposals would be put before the BCCI's working committee for its approval, Board president Jagmohan Dalmiya said.

Dalmiya made it clear to the umpires that there has been no tangible effort to improve the umpiring standards. "Just like cricketers improve by constant practice, at nets and by playing matches, the umpires should also stand and officiate during net sessions to see where they go wrong," Dalmiya said.

The BCCI chief also said that bowlers with suspect action should be identified and sent for corrective measures.

"There's no place for chucking at any level. Umpires have to take an active role (in weeding out this problem). We want to cure 'chuckers' and not consider them as culprits", Dalmiya said. "Umpires have been told to act boldly and freely in this matter to see that Indian cricket is on the right track," he elaborated.

On vesting referees with more powers Dalmiya said, "BCCI intends to be more selective about referees who would be given more powers. The right persons will be picked and the umpires should rise to the occasion," adding the referees may also be ex umpires or cricketers.

The umpires had put forth some demands like increase in remuneration, Dalmiya said. "BCCI is all for giving proper remuneration, but it can't precede accountability and qualitative improvement," the BCCI president added.

The five umpires representatives were A V Jayaprakash, K Hariharan, B A Jamula, S Pathak and S Asnani. Also present were BCCI umpires committee chairman Ranbir Singh, secretary S K Nair and joint secretary Ratnakar Shetty.

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