'Are you ready Hyderabad?'
If you enjoyed Rudi Koertzen’s voice booming around the Wanderers at the start of the IPL final asking spectators “Bullring are you ready? Gentlemen let’s play”, just wait till the Champions Twenty20 League starts in October. The umpires in the tournament played in India will be miked up to be heard by television audiences throughout the matches. So no more must you rely on lip-reading skills to hear who said “luck to you” to whom. However in a killjoy move the organisers have given umpires the option to switch off their mikes during the games. In case of an on-field confrontation, you may have to wait till players Twitter it or their publish tell-all autobiographies.
Nishi Narayanan is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo