BCCI institutes award for 'the best umpire'

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Mumbai, Feb 8 (UNI) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has instituted an award for 'the best umpire' in domestic cricket from this season onwards.

The cricket board is also to enter into a three-year contract with its Australian counterpart 'Cricket Australia' to organise workshops and training sessions for umpires and umpires' coaches, a quarterly newsletter launched by the BCCI stated.

The video recordings of all the Ranji Trophy matches held this season, shot with eight cameras at each venue, and the reports of the umpire-coach present at all matches have been sent to the director of umpire, Srinivas Venkataraghavan, the newsletter said.

The brief given to the former India skipper and off spinner, the last umpire from the country to make it to the ICC's Elite Panel, while choosing the best umpire, is to ''scrutinise them and suggest ways and means of enhancing the performance and consistency of umpires in domestic cricket,'' the newsletter added.

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