IPL 2019: Like players, umpires’ code a must, says BCCI treasurer

AgenciesUpdated: Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 11:53 PM IST
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New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni walked into the ground and confronted the umpires during the 20th over of the game against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Friday. With Dhoni admitting to the Level 2 offence, he was fined 50 per cent of his match-fee. But the bigger problem here is the number of howlers we have seen in this edition of the league alone.

Speaking to IANS, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry said that it was indeed a scenario where just like players, code of conduct must be brought in even for the umpires. For him, the game is of prime importance and any action which makes it suffer needs immediate redressal.

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“It’s Indian cricket and of course everyone has a view and is entitled to it and that’s an expression of the passion for the game of cricket that makes Indian cricket what it is. When MSD walked out onto the ground, he would have done so in the complete knowledge that he will be fined for it. This was a violation and he has been punished and fined. That matter ends there.
“When the quantum of punishment is decided for a violation, a lot of factors are considered, including the previous record of the conduct of the player concerned and the entirety of the facts and circumstances of the incident concerned. It is also apparent that the match officials have to pull up their socks. Whether it is the on field calls or the third umpires or the match referees. They need to be consistent and they need to improve their accuracy percentage,” he explained.

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