Umpiring On TV

Billy-BowdenCricket has become sophisticated, packaged for the modern audience. The statistics and techniques are far more refined than it was before. The umpiring has also become subtle. There is a consensus about the complexity of the game but at the same time not about umpiring. This is because umpires are hardly brought to talk shows are on the commentary panel to discuss the tedious nature of their job. Former players, coaches, captains are seen often decorating the studios and pages of sports magazines, the umpire is the neglected lot. The irony is that the umpire’s point of view is discussed by everyone else except the umpires themselves. The game is now turning hi-tech, and this could be detrimental to the sport, it is predicted by experts.

The irony is that we are not able to accept the conclusion. Expert judgment has become a curse, and it is being replaced mostly by bureaucratic box ticking. When it is far from reality, umpiring has become more regulative. The autonomy the umpire enjoys is no more there. It is not the outcome of the need for best rulings. This is where the media administration becomes superior as they are not able to digest the decision of one person, irrespective of their accomplishment in the field.