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Former Cricket Umpire Says Position Has Become Highly Specialized, More Demanding
Published July 26, 2013
UNDER FIRE: The PTI reported Taufel also discussed the benefits of the Decision Review System, which "has come under fire during the ongoing Ashes series following a number of controversial decisions." He said, "Decision-making in today's game is in my opinion tougher than when I started umpiring 22 years ago because more people see evidence that we may not get to see on the ground at the time. Anyone who watches the game at the ground, on the giant replay screen or on TV, will assess each and every decision of the umpires and also make an overall judgement of their performance." He said that the role of an umpire today "is much more than just making decisions." Taufel said, "We have to police (and I personally dislike this term and approach) other vital areas of the modern game. Player behavior, ball tampering, over rates, logos and clothing, impact of ground, weather and light, having to reduce playing times" (PTI, 7/25).