Poor umpiring under scanner

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/s/souravganguly1_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Two controversial umpiring decisions came from a man who is regarded as the best Umpire in World Cricket today.

Updated: August 04, 2007 06:48 IST
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Two controversial umpiring decisions came from a man who is regarded as the best Umpire in World Cricket today.

Simon Taufel seldom gets it wrong, but when his victims are a certain Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, and it prevents them from getting to significant milestones in their career, it is bound to get highlighted.

However, former umpires and players have been unanimous in saying that the media should take it easy on the umpire bashing since everybody agrees that errors are a part and parcel of the game.

Also, everyone very conveniently forgot that a bad decision had helped India save the Lord's Test.

"Karthik and Jaffer could have been out. Sachin could have nicked it and then we would not have got a lead, so the rub of the green went India's way," said Ajay Jadeja, former India captain.

Umpires for obvious reasons stand by each other. Not one of them including simon taufel is in favour of using more technology and not one of them tires of explaining that TV is very unkind to them.

"Now we can refer some decisions like run out, hit wicket and catches on the boundary to the third umpire. But Sourav Ganguly's decision wasn't one of them. Hence he may have made a mistake," said S K Bansal, former international umpire.

However, the use of technology can be confusing for viewers. Kevin Pietersen was called back by the third umpire in the Lord's Test because the ball had not carried.

And the third umpire could not have intervened in the Ganguly dismissal even though there was no nick because he is not allowed to question a judgement call.

So the ICC continues to grapple with just how much technology to use and when, while the umpires continue to face the flak. In fact, four of them from the elite panel of nine have been taken off the roster for the Twenty20 World cup because of their show in the World Cup final in West Indies.

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