PCB to introduce new grading system for umpires

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Karachi, Jan 20 (PTI) The Pakistan Cricket Board, in aseries of experimental steps to improve its domesticstructure, has enforced a new policy of grading theperformance of umpires.

Following complaints of sub-standard umpiring in theQuaid-e-Azam Trophy final, a senior official of the boardconfirmed that they were already experimenting with a newgrading system for umpires.

"Yes, the umpiring was not up to the mark, but we havealready enforced a system where the umpires getting badreports are having their number of matches cut, which ineffect means less earning for them," Sultan Rana, head of PCBdomestic operations, said.

The final was marred by poor umpiring and playersprotests which saw match referee, Anwar Khan, docking bothteams for slow over-rates and imposing heavy fines formisconduct, dissent and ball tampering.

Rana said the board was aware that while there was aquick appraisal system for players who were fined or bannedimmediately after a match for dissent or misbehavior, therewas a need to have a quick response system to poor umpiring.

"We have enforced a system where umpires who get badreports lose matches and earnings. We go by the report of thematch referee and also captains."

Rana admitted the umpiring could have been better in thefinal, but there was no justification for the players''misbehaviour.

"To be honest, as a former player myself, I was totallydisappointed with the behavior of the players. Even if you geta bad decision it does not mean you misbehave on the field."

Rana said the experiment of having the final under lightswith a coloured ball had been successful.

"In fact, we are not planning to definitely have more dayand night matches because the eventual aim is to attractspectators to the grounds and increase interest for the fanswhen a first class match is played."

Rana said that there was also a proposal to use theumpires referral system the next time the final of a majortournament is televised live in domestic cricket.

"But having the umpires referral system in domesticcricket will also depend on whether the broadcasters canprovide the basic technology to make this a possibility," hesaid.

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