India’s Sundaram Ravi set to be removed from ICC Elite Panel of Umpires
Sundaram Ravi, the sole representative of India in the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires, is set to be removed soon, Indian media reported.
Even after he was selected as one of the 16 umpires to do duty at the World Cup 2019, the decision was taken at the ICC Umpires Committee meeting on April 24.
The 53 year old Ravi was under sever criticism during the Indian Premier League match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians where after he failed to detect a no-ball from Lasith Malinga.
It was the decider of the match because it happened to be the last ball with RCB needing seven to win.
RCB captain Virat Kohli slammed the umpire afterwards saying, “We are playing IPL level, not club cricket. That’s a ridiculous call off the last ball. The umpires should have their eyes open, it was a no-ball by an inch.”
An ICC official source regarding the issue said,
“The Elite panel is a tough place to survive with so much competition and high-pressure, top-level games. Ravi was lying at the bottom in the report card prepared over the last couple of years for the 12 elite level umpires.”
Ravi was promoted to the Elite panel in June 2015, 11 years after S Venkatraghavan retired in 2004.
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