Ex-Pak umpires want standard of umpiring to be improved in country

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ISLAMABAD (APP): Former Pakistani umpires believed the standard of umpiring in the country needs to be improved saying a person of a cricketing background, can become a good umpire.

Former Pakistani umpire, Asad Rauf compared the umpiring standards in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) with the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“The standard of umpiring in PSL needs to be improved as well because poor umpiring can easily ruin a tournament. For instance, if you remember the first few seasons of IPL, fans and even team captains complained about umpiring which is why steps were taken to improve it. Even umpires were called from Pakistan, despite strained relations between the two countries, because of our correct decisions on the field. Pakistani umpires were instrumental to IPL’s success,” cricketpakistan.com.pk quoted Rauf as saying.

“Umpiring is not an easy job by any stretch of the imagination. The standard of umpiring in Pakistan has gone down because of a variety of reasons, which includes lack of monetary incentives and absence of technical people for the role,” he added.

Meanwhile, Former Pakistani umpire Nadeem Ghauri stressed on the importance of cricketers taking up umpiring. “I think umpiring is easier now, especially because of increased use of technology better facilities. Also, I feel that if a person has a cricketing background, he can go on to become a good umpire. I played 19-20 years of first-class cricket and that gave me a lot of confidence, when I was umpiring on the field,” said Ghauri.

“We aren’t seeing many Pakistani umpires being recognised by the ICC, which is disappointing. After me, Aleem Dar and Asad Rauf, at least two to three more umpires should have part of ICC Elite Umpiring pane,” he said.

Rauf also questioned Pakistan team’s use of Decision Review System (DRS) during international matches. “Pakistan have not used DRS properly because of lack of knowledge. There is only a limited number of reviews available and that too are not utilised efficiently. You can’t just use them because the bowlers are desperate for wickets. Top teams like Australia, who have hired the services of Simon Taufel in the past, educate their players about how to use DRS and we should do the same.”

Ghauri, who was banned for four years in 2013 over an alleged corruption case, and Rauf, who was banned for five years by BCCI on charges of corruption and misconduct in 2016, also opened up on their respective cases.

“That incident in IPL was blown out of proportion and the local police did not any concrete evidence against me. The Mumbai court called me for a hearing but I was unable to go due to visa issues, which resulted in a one-sided judgment against me,” said Rauf.

“I was banned over a Skype conversation but the content of that correspondence never materialised on the field. ICC referred my case to PCB and the latter banned me four years. I even appealed but that was also rejected,” said Ghauri.

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