Indian umpire proposes underground box for bowlers items
Former India umpire Vinayak Kulkrani has found a solution for bowlers who now are advised not to handover their items like caps, towels, sunglasses, jumpers etc) to the on field umpires.
“Players and umpires should maintain social distancing on the cricket field and that includes no handing over of player items to the umpire or teammates,” the ICC has said. “Consider adopting a process that will assist the bowler in managing his/her items,” the ICC has said in a document on Friday.
“Nowadays a lot is being discussed about the umpires holding the fielders cap or sweater and related hygiene. My simple solution is to have an underground box of 1 to 1 1/2 square feet behind the wicket-keeper where we place the fielder’s helmet now and cover it with AstroTurf,”
the 65-year-old umpire, who has officiated in two ODIs’ said.
“It (this new proposal) should not pose a problem. The fielders can use it to place their cap, sweater and helmet in this newly made box (underground).”
“In some grounders we do have a similar boxes to accommodate sprinklers and water outlet. If more than 2 fielders have to use the box, separate covers can be used,” Kulkurani, who was also actively involved in BCCI’s Umpires Academy in Nagpur, signed off.