Kartikeya spots a telling moment during the recent IPL game between Rajasthan and Delhi, as umpire Steve Davis appears to have been pushed into a referral to the third umpire on a run out decision by the Delhi fielders:
I have been critical
of the IPL for granting Farokh Engineer the authority to officially
rebuke an Umpire, although i am in a minority on this one - most people
don't seem to think of it as a non-trivial event, inspite of the
obviously unprecedented realignment of authority among match officials
that it represents.
On this occasion though, Rudi Koertzen is
again the Umpire at the other end, but the Umpire in question is a
former Test Umpire from Australia - Steve Davis. What will the IPL do?
And Gulu Ezekiel lists a number of other ways in which he thinks IPL changes are ominous:
Even this season, with the salary cap in place, there were murmurs of protest among Australian, West Indian and New Zealand players, who had to leave the IPL early on for national duty. No doubt
some of them would have been happier not to get selected for their
country so that they could stay on and make hay in the IPL.
temptation will be even greater for both players and coaches to ditch
their nations once the cap goes. Already New Zealand coach John
Bracewell has indicated he will soon step down with an eye on the IPL.
There has also been
the farcical situation in the IPL where umpires' and Match Referees'
actions are being called into question. So who will police the police?
is not all. A Chennai newspaper has questioned the credibility of the
drug testing procedures of the IPL. This is a serious issue that needs
explaining by their head honchos.
Finally David Barry, following up on a previous post, looks at the kinds of analyses being done with the publicly available Hawkeye-type data available in Major League Baseball.