We are living in a civilized world in the twenty first century. The human beings
have reached at this stage of modern time-scale passing through thousands of
year. In this time period, our society has all tools, components, and mechanism
such as democracy, free media, justice, law and regulation, which ensure human
beings can not do unfair, injustice and illogical act as like as medieval time
period. If any component of our society does not function according to civilized
way we have to modify it accordingly.
Some components of our society are still functioning like medieval period.
One of them is the ICC?s cricket role. I?m not a great cricketer,
but as a cricket lover occasionally I watch couple of games whenever I got
time. Recently, I was watching Zimbabwe vs. Bangladesh first test match on
4th day (22-February-2004) and once again it was came to me attention that
how much damage could be done in competitive by the umpire?s wrong decision.
On the last hour of the day, Bangladesh team was just going to open their last
innings after finishing a brilliant first innings and the 3rd day of bowling
against Zimbabwe, then the umpire came like a devil and destroyed the charm
of game in an unexpected way. We can look at the following comments from ?The
Wisden Verdict? (Ward, 2004) about unpleasant act of umpire at that game.
????????TV replays showed
that unfortunately the umpire Neil Mallender had got the final, very difficult,
decision wrong ? the ball actually came off the top of Mushfiqur Rahman's
pad and not his bat on its way through to the keeper????.?
lbw decision from Dave Orchard was marginal for height, and Mushfiqur was certainly
unlucky to complete Blignaut's hat-trick. In two hours the match had turned
around dramatically, and if it is not quite a case of Nessun Dorma for Bangladesh,
they will not sleep too easily tonight?????..?
Not only this, the same umpire did more damages again on the 5th day, which
was against Tapsh, when Bangladesh had been coming back in a competitive position
after the umpire made disaster of 4th day. What a shame, Dave Orchard was keeping
doing it again and again!!!!!
In the above-mentioned game, among first five wickets, within 2 over and 2
runs, 3 of them were LBWs, where 2 of them were completely wrong. Without the
umpire?s misdeed it would be fairly a competitive and enjoyable game
for all. Umpire?s wrong decision (intentional or unintentional) has been
going against the new and less powerful team frequently. We can still remember
ICC umpire?s bad decision against Bangladesh team when they were playing
against Pakistan in last year. I think any cricket lover does not want see
such kind of devil power of umpires.
What is the solution of such kind of wrong decision again and again? ICC?s
highly paid employees, but not highly creative, should think for the solutions
regarding umpire?s wrong doing. There are so many simple solutions to
avoid this problem again and again, even simply using a real-time computer
software it can easily be detected and determined whether it was a real out
(wicket fall) or not. There should be punishment/penalties for an umpire if
he intentionally or unintentionally takes the wrong decision, which severely
impacts a good game. The ICC can think about the alternative solutions to avoid
human errors, who knows it?s not a biased decision as like as match fixing,
in taking every LBW and other confusing decision through computer replay or
other visual aids. There are also other solutions in this modern age to avoid
those mistakes, if ICC?s guys think creatively and change the necessary
laws for the sack of good game and fair play. By solving this problems only
the umpire could be bring down just one step below the God position in term
J. 2004. Blignaut's big finish. [Accessed: February 23, 2004]
Ibrahim Khan, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org