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Neutral umpires in Tests soon: Barclay

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  • 24 May, 2022 12:00 AM
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Neutral umpires in Tests soon: Barclay
International Cricket Council Chairman Greg Barclay meets Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Ganabhaban residence in the capital on Monday. – PID PHOTO

The International Cricket Council Chairman Greg Barclay said on Monday that they will reintroduce neutral umpires in Tests very soon.

The ICC decided to use local umpires to officiate Test matches following the Covid-19 outbreak but the decision backfired immediately as several visiting sides expressed their disappointments regarding various umpiring decisions.

“I think in the Covid days, the home umpires got some exposure to stand for Test umpiring. It split things a bit wider,” said the New Zealander, who came to Bangladesh on a two-day visit.

“We are now on the other side of the Covid and we are reintroducing the neutral umpiring arrangements which was decided in the board meeting we had a couple of weeks ago. We will see neutral umpires back up and running again.

“I can’t give you the date due to operational issues but yes soon (reintroduction of neutral umpires),” he added.

Barclay, meanwhile, hailed the Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon for his outstanding contributions to the board and country as well as the ICC.

“He’s doing a great job in Bangladesh cricket and also is a great contributor at ICC. He is at the moment one of the most senior directors. So experience counts a lot. He always gives wise counselling to new directors whenever he visits us,” he said.

“You can be sure that he’s a great representative for your country and cricket board. He has overseen a lot of progress for the Bangladesh Cricket Board. So I really enjoyed having him on the board,” he added.

Barclay, who arrived in the city on Sunday, watched the opening day session of the series-concluding Test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on Monday while he also met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on a courtesy call.

He went to Sylhet by helicopter to visit the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Complex on the same day before he attended a press conference in Mirpur later on the day.

Barclay will leave for Kolkata today to watch the remaining matches of the ongoing IPL.