World Cup 2015 March 17, 2015

Umpire communications to be aired during knockouts

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Umpire Kumar Dharmasena will be officiating the Australia-Pakistan game in Adelaide © AFP

All communication between on-field and TV umpires during referrals, consultations and DRS player reviews during all the knockout games of the 2015 World Cup will be made available to host broadcaster Star Sports to put on air, the ICC has announced.

The ICC held a successful trial of a similar broadcast during the ODI series between Australia and South Africa in November 2014.

This World Cup has had some controversial umpiring decisions - the boundary catch that dismissed Zimbabwe's Sean Williams in their match against Ireland, Chris Jordan's run out against Bangladesh and also James Anderson's run out in their match against Australia, has drawn criticism from fans and experts.

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  • TR on March 17, 2015, 22:08 GMT

    Umpires need to be trained to argue a lot for each decision. Doesn't matter how simple the decision is and how nice mannered each umpire is. Lets make cricket viewing have a lot more spice ....

  • Anoop on March 17, 2015, 21:02 GMT

    All this is unnecessary.

    Even third umpires should follow simple age old rule, "If in doubt, the benefit should go the batsman"

  • alok on March 17, 2015, 20:44 GMT

    Umpires are already under pressure and it is their job to be heard and seen on TV. They get paid for it. Viewers need this so they know whats going on.

  • Pipi on March 17, 2015, 19:29 GMT

    Having watched the trial, series between AUS and RSA, communication was stilted and largely unnecessary. Perhaps providing a feed to the commentators, only, would be a better way to go.

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2015, 17:50 GMT

    This should be entirely up to the umpires.. I feel like umpires have already been given way less respect than they deserve, and this would be intrusive, if they're not comfortable with it. The umpires deserve their space.

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2015, 17:28 GMT

    Umpire's Really Made Some Silly Decisions Which Made This World Cup Like As A Gully Cricket Tournament.....Just Because Of Them,Zimbabwe's Sean Williams Got Out Which Is Clearly Visible On TV Sets That It Was'nt.... I Must Say That This Is A Good Step By ICC,Hope These Umpires Get Some Serious Penalties For Their Mistakes.

  • Steve on March 17, 2015, 17:27 GMT

    This totally unnecessary. The fans only need to know the final decision, not Umpire conversations. Trust me, it will only lead to more bad trends in future and the allure of mystery will be gone from the game forever.

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2015, 16:00 GMT

    Umpires have privacy rights you know..They are kept an eye upon through various cameras in any case.

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2015, 15:45 GMT

    Hope Cricinfo relay the umpire communications during third umpire interventions. I am very keen to know what gets transpired during those talks back and forth. I have become almost deaf with age, and people like me have to depend on printed words to get some insights.

    I am more keen to know what goes on, after seeing so many incomprehensible third umpire judgments, despite all the tech at their command.

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2015, 13:46 GMT

    This is stupid, I agree with you Triple_A. Umpires aren't robots you know. I hate where all this stuff is going umpiring should be left solely up to umpires discretion, DRS should be left up to the umpires as currently situated DRS is stupid. Any doubt should always favor the batsman---even 0.000001% of doubt. The players should not be allowed to ask for it they abuse it and often get less than half overturned.

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