The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 starts in Chennai from 9 April. Before the start of this tournament, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), taking an important decision, has removed the soft signal rules which have been in discussion for some time from the league. Apart from this, now the third umpire will also be able to change the field umpire’s decision of Noble and Short Run. The BCCI has also removed this rule because recently the umpire’s decisions in the limited over series against England went against the Indian team. Captain Virat Kohli also expressed disappointment about this and said that the soft signal should be removed.
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According to the ANI, the BCCI has made it clear that the on-field umpire will no longer have the authority to give soft signals before sending a decision on the third umpire. Let me tell you that when on-field umpire used to go to the third umpire for the decision of a player, he had to give his decision first under soft signal. But now the umpire will not have to do anything like this.
IPL 2021: No ‘soft signal’ this year, 3rd umpire can fix ‘short run’ error
– ANI Digital (@ani_digital) March 27, 2021
In this, the source of BCCI has said, ‘Due to the soft signal by the on-field umpire, many times the third umpire has got a situation of confusion. Therefore, we are thinking that we should adopt the old method of umpiring. ‘
Virat had raised questions about this rule
After the fourth T20 match between India and England, Indian captain Virat Kohli spoke openly on this issue. Virat had said, ‘I don’t know why umpires cannot give’ I don’t know ‘calls instead of soft signals in a suspicious situation. Such decisions can change the stance of the match, especially in these big matches. Today we were impressed by it and tomorrow we can have another team in our place. He was grounded when David Malan caught Suryakumar as the soft signal was out, so the third umpire could not reverse the decision due to lack of solid evidence.
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