Umpires' delegation to meet Dalmiya again

Published: Thursday, July 8, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The representatives of the Indian umpires have another meeting scheduled with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president in August as a follow-up to their one-day session held in Mumbai on June 5.

The umpires' representatives are scheduled to present to BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya all the developmental programmes for umpires in connection with interpretation of playing conditions, code of conduct and laws of the game for implementation by the Board.

The idea is to apprise the Board president on these issues through a video film and computer powerpoint presentation for which feedbacks have been sought by the national umpires' body from umpires all over the country, a source in the umpires fraternity said.

The BCCI chief had talked tough to the representatives of the umpires from the five zones during his meeting with them on June 5. He told them in clear terms to shape up or ship out following a spate of complaints received from Ranji Trophy captains and coaches at the one-day conclave held a few days earlier.

After the meeting with the umpires, Dalmiya announced the setting up of a process by which the umpires' performance would be reviewed by match referees belonging to the referees panel to be set up by the Board.

The umpires have also been warned not to indulge in such malpractices as approaching the captains/referees/officials and third parties which would incur a heavy penalty/suspension besides resulting in the umpires losing all benefits accruing from the BCCI, the source said.

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