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Cricket Umpiring, At The Highest Level, Has To Be Revamped — Too Many Outcome-Changing WRONG Decisions.

by Anura Guruge


From ESPN ‘cricinfo’, of course. Click to ENLARGE.


Of course DRS (Decision Review System) has made a HUGE difference, and for that we should all be thankful. I often, watching DRS in action, SHUDDER to think of ALL the bad decisions that must have taken place in cricket over the centuries — all of us having see our fair share, first hand.

There was a time, even up until quite recently, when the ICC ‘Test Panel’ umpires seemed to be doing extremely well, i.e., they had got most of their decisions RIGHT.

But, something has gone wrong recently and, OF COURSE, to the chagrin of all cricket lovers (who adore FAIR PLAY), the outcome of the ICC 2019 World Cup might have been the result of a bad call! And this is what kills me. There were 4 umpires and a match referee. Yes, 4 umpires & a match referee. So, between the FIVE (5) of them they did NOT know the overthrow rule? That is ludicrous.

Then we had the Eng. v Ireland Test and now the 1st Ashes Test. Wow. The number of bad or wrong decisions. Yes, of course, it is DRS that is highlighting these. Without ‘ultraedge’ and ‘ball-tracking’ we would not know what really happened. But, now thanks to technology we do.

We have to change the system for International games, i.e., Tests, ODIs and T20Is. At a minimum ALL out decisions should be checked, if nothing else for no-balls. It is not fair that the no-ball checking is only done for ‘special’ players — sometimes the batsman, often the bowler. But, let’s start by using DRS to make sure that every out is indeed a valid out. Yes, it will add delay but I think we will tolerate that. We now check some outs for no-ball. Just make that apply to all outs, no exceptions.

But, that leaves open, outs that are deemed not-outs. What do we do there? Yes, ideally we would review those too BUT that could get out of hand. Players will appeal for stupid stuff hoping against hope. It will become a time-waster. That is a problem. I do NOT have an answer for that. I am still thinking.


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Were There Any Royals At Lord’s For The ICC Cricket World Cup — England vs. New Zealand?

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Click to ENLARGE. The Queen at Lord’s (when she was much younger).


It was THE CRICKET World Cup and England was playing.

But, I did NOT see any Royals on the TV coverage I have watched so far, and I have watched about 4-hours of it, ball-by-ball.

Yes, I saw soon-to-be ex-Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband. That was good and I am glad she was there. A nice way to show your support while having a day off. She sure has earned that right.

I did NOT see the Queen or expect to see her. Yes, she used to visit Lord’s, without fail, for the Saturday of the Lord’s Test Match and I have seen her there often — since I too, given that I lived outside London, used to be a Saturday man.

One or more of the Princes should have been there. They must like cricket. They have to like cricket.

I might have to look into this. I might have to write another letter to the Queen!


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2019 Cricket World Cup: English Rain Is Going To Make This World Cup A Mockery.

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Three matches rained off ALREADY and they are expecting MORE rain this week — never mind the two weeks ahead.

I gather no other ICC Cricket World Cup had 3 matches abandoned due to rain.

There is one thing that we all know: it RAINS in England. That was a given. Arranging this tournament without a rain-day provision was ludicrous. It is going to distort the rankings and thus make a mockery of the whole World Cup.

Sri Lanka is racking up more points thanks to the rain than they were likely to get by playing these games.

West Indies could suffer.

South Africa is doomed, methinks.

This is CRAZY. I am NOT happy. Plus, I haven’t seen any cricket in 2-day! Yikes. Having withdrawals!


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2019 Cricket World Cup: I Said It Last Week, Will Say It Again, Hashim Amla Is STRUGGLING.

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DO NOT get me wrong. I THINK THE WORLD OF Amla. One of the GREATEST cricketers ever.

But, that was then, and this is now and we are in the midst of a World Cup.

He is at sea against pace. His reaction time is shot. I understand. My reaction time, in cricket, always was what Amla’s is now.

Hate to see him struggling. You can see it in his eyes. The twinkle has gone.

DROP HIM.

But, South Africa, after losing 3-games out of 3, is unlikely to get very far in the Cup. So, maybe keep him on. Let this be his swan song. South Africa, I think, are done.


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2019 Cricket World Cup: Sri Lanka Does NOT Disappoint; They Lose As Was Expected.

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Click to ENLARGE. This is worth studying.


Sri Lanka’s 2019 World Cup squad does not look like they are ‘settled’. They seem distracted and preoccupied and the tensions back home, of course, must be playing on their minds. They didn’t look that impressive during the warm-ups and I did not expect them to excel against New Zealand — and they did not. But, even I did not expect them to fold as badly as they did. At one point it looked like they would be all out before they got to 100. Three were out for a duck. Not good.

New Zealand impressed. A 10-wicket win in 16.1 overs. It doesn’t get more emphatic than that. That Sri Lanka could not get a single wicket is quite the indictment.

Another match that finished in under 50-overs. Folks this is NOT T20! It is 50-overs each, 100-overs a match.


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2019 Cricket World Cup: West Indies, Again, Prove That Fast, Short-Pitched Bowling Gets Wickets (& Is EXCITING).

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Click to ENLARGE. Ahhh!


Click to ENLARGE. Now those are what I call decent bowling figures.


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Wow, the West Indies showed GLIMPSES of their fast bowling legacy from the 1970s. It was FUN.

I like aggressive, short-pitched bowling. I grew up in that era — and it was also before the DREADED helmets.

Fast, well-directed, short-pitched bowling works, despite the helmets. Pakistan was all at sea, and that should not have been. It was not pretty.

That the WHOLE game lasted less than 50 overs is a crime. Folks paid good money to see the game. But, they got to see some good cricket.

Yesterday, I criticized South Africa’s Ngidi & Rabada for NOT being able to bowl effective short-pitched, throat balls. They bowled like girls. The West Indians showed how it should be done.


I was genuinely excited when I saw that Nicholas Pooran was in the side. I had seen him before and he is quite the talent. This boy can bat.

After a streaky start he showed what he is capable of. Wow. Hope we get to see some even longer innings from him.

Though it was too short for my liking, it was a good match. I enjoyed it. Felt sorry for poor Safraz. His side was totally out-gunner.


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2019 Cricket World Cup: Appears South Africa Is Going To Torture Me — Has Amla Become A Liability?

by Anura Guruge


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South Africa got a wicket with the 2nd ball of the game, and then they go onto LOSE by 104-runs. Didn’t even make it to the 40-over mark.

Wasn’t their finest ‘hour’.

I hate to say this, BUT I just don’t get them.

Ngidi & Rabada bowl like GIRLS. They are not good enough to bowl throat balls. They disappointed I.

de Kock was GREAT but got out, as he often does, unnecessarily. Shame. If he hung around they might have had a chance.

DEAR, poor Amla worries me. I THINK THE WORLD OF HIM. But, he is struggling and I hate to see that. I think he has got too old to handle genuine Jofra Archer ilk speed, i.e., 90 mph. I think he is having eyesight issues again. Yes, he did well the warm-up game, but they should DROP HIM.

But, still a long way to go. But, it was NOT a good start.

England was bloody impressive. Clinical.


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