Tuesday, 24 May, 2022

‘Umpiring to be challenging without DRS’

Bangladeshi umpires opined that officiating matches in the forthcoming Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20 without the Decision Review System will be challenging for them.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board earlier announced that there will be no DRS in the upcoming BPL after they failed to get technicians for the tournament.

The BCB officials insisted that due to the surge of Covid-19 cases worldwide, none of the experts at Hawk-Eye, a company that offers DRS services, can visit Bangladesh to provide the service. “I know non-availability of the DRS will take away some gloss from the tournament but we can’t help it because we tried but failed to acquire it (DRS),” BPL Governing Council Secretary Ismail Haider Mallick told The Daily Sun when his attention was drawn.

Cricketers and coaches already raised their voices and said that it would have been better if the DRS was in place for the forthcoming BBPL.

Umpires are expected to be under fire for not having the technological support considering all their moves are going to be scrutinized, courtesy of the live broadcast of the tournament. “Naturally it will be challenging for us to officiate BBPL matches without the DRS,” the country’s leading umpire Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid Saikat told The Daily Sun.

“We can't deny that we are used to it (DRS) and now this is has become part of cricket,” he said.  Saikat insisted that the board must make sure that cricketers accept the umpire’s decision without making any fuss considering they must remember that they are not getting any technological support. Bangladesh umpires came under huge criticism during the last edition of the Dhaka Premier League when ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was involved in one of the most controversial activities of 2021 during a domestic match between Mohammedan Sporting Club and Abahani Limited.

Shakib kicked the stumps, got engaged in a verbal tussle with the umpire and finally uprooted the stumps and threw them on the ground after being turned down by an on-field umpire for an appeal of a leg before wicket.

Shakib was banned by the board for the incident but it also nakedly exposed the fact that suggests cricketers hardly give a damn to the umpires.

Many also believe that local cricketers are hardly bothered considering minimal monetary punishment is in place if they were found guilty of misbehaving with umpires. “I think as there will be no DRS whenever the decision goes against a team they will try to create a noise and we have to have the courage to withstand those pressure situations,” said Saikat. “Board should also make sure that we are protected by imposing strict law against everyone engaged in breaching the code of conduct,” he said.

Another seasoned umpire Masudur Rahman Mukul feels that they will be tested by no-ball issues. “Yes, no-ball will be a big issue as we are not following it quite regularly considering we had technological support,” he said.