Monday, March 29, 2021

No soft signal in IPL 2021, on-field umpire gives no signal when referring decision to third umpire

No soft signal in IPL 2021, on-field umpire gives no signal when referring decision to third umpire

 Ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has declared that "on-field umpires cannot give a soft signal when referring a decision to a third umpire."

ઈંગ્લેન્ડ સામે ચોથી ટી 20માં સુર્યકુમાર યાદવનો ફિલ્ડરે કરેલો કેચ શંકાસ્પદ હતો ત્યારે થર્ડ અમ્પયારે સોફ્ટ સિગ્નલના આધારે આઉટ આપ્યો હતો - Divya Bhaskar
ઈંગ્લેન્ડ સામે ચોથી ટી 20માં સુર્યકુમાર યાદવનો ફિલ્ડરે કરેલો કેચ શંકાસ્પદ હતો ત્યારે થર્ડ અમ્પયારે સોફ્ટ સિગ્નલના આધારે આઉટ આપ્યો હતો

 The Board has changed the Appendix D Clause 2.2.2-match playing condition after the approval of the IPL Governing Council.  All franchises have also been informed that the 'soft signal option has been removed.'

 Interesting change in the rule regarding super overs

 The Super Over tie match can only be played one hour after the end of the time limit.  This will not make much difference, but if there is a slow-over rate during the match, the super over may not be played and both the teams will be given equal points.  Last year, Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab had 2 super overs in the match.  According to the new rule, if the second super over had also been tied, the third super over would not have been played as 1 hour would have elapsed.

 The third umpire will be able to decide a no-ball short run

 According to the new guidelines, the third umpire will be able to reverse the decision of the ground umpire by checking the short run.  They will also be able to reverse the ground umpire's no-ball decision.

 What caused the controversy

 In the fourth match of the T-20 series, the 14th over of the Indian innings was bowled by Sam Karan of England.  Suryakumar Yadav was in front of him at that time.  Suryakumar played a scoop shot on a ball from Sam Karan if it went to David Malan who was fielding on a deep fine leg.  Malan caught the catch.  However, the catch that caught Malan hit the ground.  Still David appealed to Malan for a catch.

 The field umpire asked the third umpire for help to see if the catch was caught properly.  As per the rules, the on-field umpire also has to give his decision, under which the field umpire declared Suryakumar out.  Virender Sharma was the third umpire in the match.

 Third umpire says not enough evidence Third umpire Virender Sharma repeatedly watched the video of Suryakumar's so-called catch.  Watching the replay revealed that the ball was hitting the ground when David Malan caught it.  However, there was no evidence that the umpire made a clean catch.  Third umpire Virender Sharma believes there is no conclusive evidence that the catch was dropped.  Therefore, the third umpire upheld the decision of the ground umpire and declared Suryakumar Yadav out.

 Know what is a soft signal?

 During the match, a fielder catches a catch in which it is not clear whether he has taken the catch cleanly or not.  The ground umpire asks the third umpire to investigate the catch.  However, before the third umpire, the ground umpire has to make a decision in consultation with his fellow umpires present on the field.  In the language of cricket it is called soft signal.

 After which the third umpire looks at it from several angles on the monitor.  In the meantime, if there is enough evidence to dismiss him, the batsman is declared out.  But sometimes it happens that the TV umpire does not get enough evidence.  In such a situation the third umpire deems the decision of the ground umpire appropriate.

 The same happened in the case of Suryakumar Yadav.  It is not clear whether David Malan caught his catch neatly.  So the ground umpire sought help from the third umpire.  The ground umpire spoke to his fellow umpire and declared Suryakumar out under a soft signal.  After which the third umpire Virender Sharma looked at the catch from many angles but he did not find any sufficient evidence.  Umpire Virender Sharma upheld the umpire's decision on the field and dismissed Suryakumar Yadav.

 What the rule says

 In the case of referring a decision of a suspicious catch to a third umpire, ICC rules state that the ground umpire can be turned into a soft signal only when there is sufficient evidence for it in the replay.  So the replay makes it clear that what the ground umpire is feeling is wrong.  This means that if the ground umpire has given a soft signal to the out, then the TV umpire can give a not out only when it is clear from the replay that the batsman is not out.  In Suryakumar's case, it was not clear whether the catch was dropped.

અહીં ગુજરાતીમાં વાંચો

 What is the rule of clean catch

 If a fielder catches a low catch, his finger should be under the ball.  In case a fielder's two fingers are under the ball and the ball hits the ground, the catch is considered clean and the batsman is declared out.  In the case of Suryakumar, the ball is found stuck on the ground but it is not clear whether the fielder's finger is under the ball.  However, if the ground umpire gives out, the third umpire will have to uphold the decision due to lack of clear evidence.

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