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Asoka de Silva dropped from crucial matches

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 16, 2011

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Simon Taufel looks on from the outfield, South Africa v Sri Lanka, Super Eights, Guyana, March 28, 2007
Asoka de Silva's loss is Simon Taufel's gain © Getty Images

Asoka de Silva, whose decision-making has come in for intense criticism during the World Cup, will not officiate in a couple of key group games that he was originally marked for. de Silva is the only umpire among the 18 deployed whose success percentage in reviewed decisions is less than 50%.

He was supposed to have been one of the on-field umpires for Thursday's crucial match between England and West Indies, and he was also the third umpire for the India-West Indies game. 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.

The ICC has said the move was necessitated by the fact that they did not want their best umpires, like Taufel, standing in matches of lesser importance. "It was part of the re-organising for the last part of the group stage, to ensure the in-form umpires are on the field and in the third umpire's room for these crucial matches," Dave Richardson, the ICC general manager said.

de Silva's place in Thursday's match between England and West Indies will be taken by Bruce Oxenford - originally listed as the fourth umpire in that game - 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 poor World Cup so far, with several of his decisions being overturned by the Decision Review System: of the seven times his decisions have been challenged, only three times has his original call stood. One of those three instances was the lbw decision against Ireland's Gary Wilson in the match against West Indies. Wilson challenged the call, and replays clearly showed the ball had struck his pad outside the line of off when he was attempting a shot, but de Silva refused to change his decision, a move that was strongly criticised by Ireland captain William Porterfield. Had that decision been changed, as it should have been, de Silva's score in reviewed decisions would have been two correct calls out of seven.

The changes in the umpiring schedule

England v West Indies
Originally - Asoka de Silva and Steve Davis, Shahvir Tarapore (third), Bruce Oxenford (fourth)
Revised - Bruce Oxenford and Steve Davis, Simon Taufel (third), Shahvir Tarapore (fourth)

Ireland v Netherlands
Originally - Simon Taufel and Ian Gould, Kumar Dharmasena (third), Billy Doctrove (fourth)
Revised - Billy Doctrove and Ian Gould, Kumar Dharmasena (third), Asoka de Silva (fourth)

Zimbabwe v Kenya
Originally - Billy Doctrove and Kumar Dharmasena, Ian Gould (third), Simon Taufel (fourth)
Revised - Asoka de Silva and Kumar Dharmasena, Ian Gould (third), Billy Doctrove (fourth)

India v West Indies
Originally - Steve Davis and Bruce Oxenford, Asoka de Silva (third), Shahvir Tarapore (fourth)
Revised - Steve Davis and Simon Taufel, Bruce Oxenford (third), Shahvir Tarapore (fourth)


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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 18, 2011, 9:21 GMT)

Good decision by ICC. It is shocking to see when umpires give poor decision when many cameras, cricketers, commentators and spectators watching. If you have a doubt, use technology.

Posted by shahid on (March 18, 2011, 2:00 GMT)

I WILL SUPPORT THIS DECISION IF it goes for others like Harper and Doctrove too. Ashoka isn't the worst there are others too.

Posted by Aamir on (March 17, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

icc should remove asoka de silve from the elite panel.he dont deserve the place in elite panel.

Posted by Amit on (March 17, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

Nice job ICC, I think Daryl Harper is also running in a low form as was evident in Zim vs Pak match.

Posted by Ramesh on (March 17, 2011, 15:24 GMT)

Hi everyone.. Happy that de silva is gone..:-):-).. By the way the DRS system is a must for every game but the players must use it in a matured way.. I get real angry on players using drs for a plumb lbw decision..:-(:-(..

Posted by chami on (March 17, 2011, 12:07 GMT)

Thanks to UDRS. Otherwise these kinds of umpires ruin the game again and again

Posted by Lalith on (March 17, 2011, 12:02 GMT)

Ashoka had problems before. He should not be umpiring. I am surprised when he was nominated for this world cup. SL should have much better umpires than Ashoka. This rule should apply to all umpires as well so that we will have very good umpires in the future.

Posted by Janaka on (March 17, 2011, 10:35 GMT)

I am a Sri Lankan. I support this decision. It is a pain to see how incompetent this person is. He is ruining career's of some talented crickerters and also making adverse impact the result of the match. ICC has enough talented guys.

Posted by Syed on (March 17, 2011, 10:33 GMT)

Thank God for the Decision Review System. It has improved the accuracy of umpiring decisions and also exposed dubious and incompetent umpires who are not even fit to stand in club games. I, being a Sri Lankan and yet I support the ICC for taking a decision on poor umpiring by Asoka De Silva. I just can't believe how Asoka is yet in the ICC panel of umpires, he is such poor quality and can ruin many games. DRS must come to stay permenently and whether India likes it or not the ICC must make it compulsory. Let not India dictate to ICC their displeasure. After all it's fairness that should prevail over monetary muscle...! Let's not forget, I have even noticed far less, the unwarranted appealing by the bowlig side.

Posted by Miteal on (March 17, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

Welcome move by the ICC. Asoka de Silva has been out of sorts right throughout this World Cup, and arguably throughout his entire career. With the controversial decision against Gary Wilson, clearly he was on an ego trip, piling up two mistakes, giving Wilson out and then stubbornly refusing to reverse his decision. There couldn't have bee a better replacement than Simon Taufel in the crucial matches. As far as umpiring goes, Taufel is unbeatable.

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