Neutral Umpires Set For A Comeback In Test Cricket: The ICC has taken a big decision regarding the appointment of neutral umpires. ICC President Greg Barkley has said that the world governing body is ready to re-appoint neutral umpires in international matches. Due to Corona, only the umpires of the host country used to officiate for the last two years. In view of the decreasing cases of Corona, the ICC is once again considering bringing in neutral umpires.
To this, Barkley said, ‘Due to Corona, home umpires have got experience in umpiring Tests. Now things have to be seen in a big way. If we look at the statistics, you can see that the performance of the teams was quite different as compared to the neutral umpires. Now that there is a steady decline in Corona cases, we are once again bringing back neutral umpires. This decision was taken two weeks ago in the board meeting. Apart from this, we will continue to look at neutral umpires as back ups. We can’t tell the date right now due to operational issues but it will happen soon.
Benefit from the World Test Championship
At the same time, while talking about the World Test Championship, he said that it has helped in promoting Test cricket. Our first cycle of the World Test Championship was very successful and now we are in the second cycle. Tests still have a lot of importance in cricket. All teams want to do better in Test cricket. Though still T20 cricket profile is at the top. Let us tell you that in the first World Test Championship, there was a final match between New Zealand and India, in which the Kiwi team defeated India and won the first edition.
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