Under-fire Sri Lankan umpire Asoka de Silva,who gave batsman Gary Wilson out lbw in Irelands loss to West Indies in Mohali,has been dropped from officiating in some key World Cup matches.
Asokas onfield decisions has come under scanner during the World Cup with the most criticised being the decision to give Wilson out lbw even after reviewing the decision twice last Friday. Among 18 umpires officiating in the World Cup,de Silvas success percentage in reviewed decisions has been less than 50 per cent and hence he was removed for officiating in a couple of key group games that he was originally marked for.
Marked to be one of the on-field umpires for the England-West Indies match on Thursday and third umpire for the India-West Indies game,de Silva will no more officiate the crucial ties. Instead,he will be the fourth umpire in the Ireland vs Netherlands match on Friday,and will stand as an on-field umpire for the Zimbabwe-Kenya game on Sunday,according to ICCs revised schedule.
All the four teams involved in these matches are already out of the World Cup,which makes both the games inconsequential. ICC general manager,Dave Richardson said ICC did not want their best umpires to officiate in matches of lesser importance .