IPL 2014 news May 10, 2014

Umpire Hazare stood down from IPL

The IPL has stood down umpire Sanjay Hazare from the match officials panel for the rest of the tournament.

There has been no specific reason provided for the decision, but Hazare had erroneously shot down a run-out appeal against Kevin Pietersen without referring to the third umpire when Delhi Daredevils hosted Rajasthan Royals on May 3. The batsman was out of his crease.

IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal indicated there was a strong case for Hazare's removal. "He has been removed. There are many reasons," Biswal told ESPNcricinfo. It is understood that the message was communicated to Hazare by BCCI operations manager MV Sridhar.

In the seventh over, Pietersen was sent back when he sought a leg bye and wicketkeeper Sanju Samson found his target. TV replays clearly showed the Daredevils captain was well short of his ground, but astonishingly Hazare, who was standing at square leg, turned down the appeal.

Both Shane Watson, Royals' captain, and Rajat Bhatia, the bowler, were told by Hazare that Pietersen had reached the safety of his crease. "I was confident that he made his ground," Hazare told ESPNcricinfo. "I was very clear about that. And hence I did not refer to the third umpire."

It could not be confirmed whether Royals had lodged a complaint. According to Hazare he was asked by the match referee about the incident later. "I told him the same thing," he said. "It was a human error. Once I had made the decision I could not correct it."

Hazare later officiated as the third umpire when Mumbai Indians faced Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium. That, it turned out, was his last game in the tournament.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SriRanganath on May 12, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    once I remeber Simon Taufel in Australia made the same mistake by not referring to 3rd umpire.. up on watching the reply from screen.. he immediately referred to 3rd umpire and corrected his decision... so moral is if u can correct your error pls do it ... you r thr fr a purpose there :0

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    IPL is great entertainment if one appreciates it as entertainment and not a business. Some of the umpiring decisions are as entertaining as the cricket itself.

  • Rakesh on May 11, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    Hope this serves as a lesson to other umpires. When you have the technology why not use it ?

  • TR on May 11, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    Seriously IPL umpiring standard is awful. They need to apply the same yardstick for all incidents. How many mistakes and what level of mistakes would warrant removal of umpire from the job? What about 3rd umpire's mistakes when he has the time and replays available? Just example, 3 blatant mistakes were made in today's CSK-MI match. In Sid Ravindran's words: "they were rocked by a couple of woeful umpiring decisions. Brendon McCullum was sent on his way though the ball was clearly headed down the leg side, and the third umpire decided Suresh Raina was stumped though the replays suggested otherwise. - - Jadeja was dead plumb to a full slower ball from Malinga, but the umpire somehow thought the ball would miss the stumps. He wasn't misled by Jadeja waving the bat as if to suggest he hit the ball, and the call of leg-byes only made the decision even more inexplicable." Sorry to say, mistakes like these would make people suspect if the matches are arranged.

  • Sunil on May 10, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    well why only Hazare, umpiring by the Indians has been terrible with exception of those on the ICC panel. The Indian umpires have made very poor decisions. In today's game if Mumbai v/s Chennai Brendon McCullum was not out whereas Ravindra Jadeja was so plumb LBW that even a blind person would have given him out

  • Android on May 10, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    umpering in this year ipl have been below the par should bring some new experienced overseas umpire i think....they are not concistent on giving,decison

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    Well, I think it is just a human error. It is very easy to make mistakes in such high tension games. There are many occasions when the umpires make wrong decisions on LBW and caught behind wickets, but all those considered as human mistakes, then why not this ??

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    Dont agree, its is a clear case of human error....IPL should have acted in case of pollard and starc yet they failed and now they do a nuisance by knocking out a umpire....IPL commitee is a FAILURE...

  • vas on May 10, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    It is a good move. Umpires who make blunders should not officiate high profile matches. Why there are no strict protocols? It there's a chance for run out and the fielding team appeals umpires should go to 3rd umpire EVERYTIME. Simple.

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