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July 22, 2013

Is it time to do away with the concept of neutral umpires?


Neutral umpires made sense when coverage wasn't great and the umpires could have got away with being biased. It now hurts England and Australia who have supplied most of the elite umpires and are left with too few to rotate during the 10 Ashes Tests this year


Umpiring is still a sensitive issue, and can potentially cause a big controversy at times. It's best to keep neutral men in charge, especially since DRS isn't being used universally yet.


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July 27, 2013, 10:59 GMT


yes someonle like simon taufel could not umpire in world cup finals before since australia made it to the final . Umpire is the best seat in the house & if your country makes it to big stage what better view for you than umpire & enjoy the atmosphere , ofcourse you should be professional enough to get decisions right , else they should not be in the elite list .

July 25, 2013, 6:57 GMT


With only the 4 umpires not coming from England and Australia the ICC are a bit stuck. How about having one umpire from each nation and two neutral umpires to make up the four?

July 22, 2013, 6:15 GMT


This is tricky. Ipso facto, umpires should be neutral. Neutral umpire is a tautology. Shouldn't ALL umpires be neutral regardless of country of origin? I believe they should be subjected to a battery of test or certification to prevent from making wrong judgements, as well as their allegiance or stance, much like jury selection.

July 30, 2013, 21:49 GMT


Of course not because it is like saying un-neutral umpires. I think it is more a question of how neutral the neutral umpire is. It can be an error in judgement or it can be a blocked view or it can be sympathy for any reason or it can be a punitive thought. What I am emphasizing is that an Umpire is flesh and bones. Talking of flesh and bones, very recently an umpire in the 5 ODI series between Pakistan and West Indies, denied a very crucial 4 to Pakistan by blocking the shot,by should I say his Flesh. It was very understandable and he said sorry to the batsman. I salute him for that. There can be a compensation for similar events by amending the rules. Technology can be of great help to improve the neutrality of the Umpires. Hot spot is in my opinion, quite reliable. I think it should be incorporated into Cricket,like many others.

July 23, 2013, 15:19 GMT


The joy of watching an umpire on the field is the essence of cricket. The crowd appeals with the team when any decision is referred to the umpire and the umpire builds the suspense taking his time. This 'priceless moments' are for ever and in no way are replaceable.

July 22, 2013, 10:10 GMT


Neutral umpires are absolutely needed.There might be less umpires around but there can be even more of a problem if umpires try to biased,specially in a test match.Plus every decision cant be decided on DRS.So still the neutral umpires is a must.Thank you.

July 22, 2013, 9:17 GMT


Neutral umpires are still a must. Even if the DRS starts getting used all over, I don't think we should do away with neutral umpires. Imagine the controversy of the 2nd Ashes Test if instead of Tony Hill (NZ) the 3rd umpire was an Englishman. Some of the decisions would have been really hard to digest. At this moment at least no one is questioning the umpire's integrity, which should be the case ideally, but an English umpire, with such decisions would certainly have had tongues wagging and added to an already burgeoning list of controversies.

July 22, 2013, 9:01 GMT


I think it would be a good decision but could be a tricky one as well as DRS being improved as perfect.We have seen too many controversial decision made with the help of DRS.I think neutral umpires decision will help a bit first improve the DRS..

July 22, 2013, 8:32 GMT


Have you not watched any of the Ashes series? The DRS decisions so far have been farcical. Lets focus on getting the DRS right before we worry about anything else