Chennai, March 17: Now even umpires who perform poorly are dropped from matches. Indeed, Sri Lankan official Ashoka de Silva whose umpiring has drawn much flak from several quarters this World Cup has been directed not to officiate in two matches which he was scheduled for. Considering that he is the only one among 18 deployed umpires whose success rate on reviewed decisions is below 50 per cent, he has been considered too high-risk to figure in important upcoming games.
Hence, de Silva has been removed from officiating as on onfield umpire in Thursday, March 17th's match between England and the West Indies and as third umpire in Sunday's game between the Windies and India. Instead, according to ICC's revised schedule, he will be the fourth umpire in the Ireland-Netherlands match on Friday, and will be an on-field umpire in the Zimbabwe-Kenya game on Sunday. Both those games are inconsequential, with all four teams already out of the World Cup.
De Silva's place in Thursday's match between England and West Indies will be taken by Bruce Oxenford, while Simon Taufel will be the third umpire. For the India-West Indies match, Taufel and Steve Davies will be the on-field umpires, with Oxenford the third umpire.
De Silva has had a forgettable Cup so far with 7 of his decisions being proved wrong by the decision review system and only 3 being upheld. One of those lbw instances was when he gave Irish batsman Gary Wilson out to West Indies captain Darren Sammy despite the fact that replays showed the ball had hit Wilson outside the line of off-stump while he was offering a shot. But the adamant umpire refused to reverse his decision, a move which came in for much criticism by Irish captain William Porterfield.