Cricket’s move to allowing two umpires from the home country to stand in Test matches has come under fire following two errors in the first half of Day 2 in the 1st Test between England and West Indies.
Umpires Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough are the first two Englishmen to stand in a Test in England for more than 20 years, but the latter gave two decisions which were later overturned by West Indies reviews.
Kettleborough overturned twice already! #homeumpires
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) July 9, 2020
Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra said umpiring errors must be pointed out in an age where technology is available to them.
We often say ‘excellent review’ when it turns out right….but don’t say ‘poor umpiring’ that often. You can understand why….but if you get it wrong often in the age of ‘umpire’s call’, it must be called out…at least, occasionally 🙌 #ENGvWI #TestCricket
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 9, 2020
That looked stone dead, poor umpiring.
— Ahmed (@azkhawaja1) July 9, 2020
West Indies skipper Jason Holder, the top ranked batsman, bowler and all-rounder in the visiting team, also turned out to be the most effective with reviews.
— ᏒᎧᎷᏋᎧ (@Thalaiva_Romeo) July 9, 2020
There were calls for Holder to be used as the ‘visiting team’s umpire’.
Why not ask Jason Holder to become the on-field umpire.
— Junia (@mjstainbank) July 9, 2020
West Indies are going to bring their own umpire to the next Test. #EngvWI
— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) July 9, 2020
Richard Kettleborough, 47, has been one of the most prolific umpires in international cricket over the last decade. He also stood in the World Cup semifinal last year between India and New Zealand.
As if 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, Richard Kettleborough just got a decision wrong #ENGvWI
— Martin Smith (@martinsmith9994) July 9, 2020
England had lost half their side for 87 as play restarted on Day 2, but Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have resisted since then.
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