IPL 2024
Tom Moody Calls For Specialist TV Umpires After IPL Controversy
By CricShots - Apr 19, 2024 2:53 pm
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The recent IPL 2024 clash between Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Mumbai Indians (MI) sparked controversy due to a disputed third umpire decision, reigniting discussions about the necessity of specialized officials in this role to enhance decision-making accuracy. The contentious incident unfolded during MI batter Suryakumar Yadav’s innings when a delivery from PBKS bowler Arshdeep Singh was not called a wide by the on-field umpire.

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However, MI’s dugout, including Tim David, Kieron Pollard, and Mark Boucher, was seen on TV signaling for a review after observing the ball passing the wide guideline. Despite PBKS captain Sam Curran alerting the umpires about the attempted review from outside the playing area, the decision was referred to third umpire Nitin Menon. To the surprise of many, Menon overturned the original call after reviewing replays, classifying it as a wide delivery.

 

This contentious reversal adds to a string of disputed decisions involving third umpires this IPL season, prompting former Australian cricketer Tom Moody to advocate for dedicated specialist third umpires. Moody emphasized the need for officials with experience and a specific skill set suited for the third umpire role.

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In his tweet Tom Moody wrote: “”It’s time we considered having specialist 3rd umpires, too many questionable decisions are being made. Some umpires are better suited on the field, the 3rd umpire requires experience and a certain skill set.”

 

His remarks underscore the critical role of the third umpire, equipped with television replays and technology like ball-tracking, in making accurate decisions, especially in high-stakes matches where outcomes often hinge on tight calls.

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Shifting focus to the match itself, MI, batting first, posted a formidable total of 192/7 with a stellar performance from Suryakumar Yadav (78 off 53) and Rohit Sharma (36 off 25). In response, PBKS faced a dismal start and were struggling at 77/6.

Although a late surge from Ashutosh Sharma (61 off 28) and Shashank Singh (41 off 25) provided a glimmer of hope, PBKS fell short of the target by nine runs. Notably, Jasprit Bumrah and Gerald Coetzee claimed six wickets collectively, contributing to MI’s victory.