CA urges ICC umpires to relax standards during rain-hit matches to make them more 'fan-centric'

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 02, 2013 06:40 hrs

Cricket Australia (CA) has requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) to instruct its umpires to relax their standards for bringing teams back on the field if the match is interrupted by rain following Australia's recently abandoned one-day game at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

James Sutherland, CA's chief executive, has sent a letter to the ICC requesting that umpires take a less conservative approach to the issue, which is annoying for both cricket fans and the broadcasters, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

CA spokesman Peter Young said that the board has been campaigning for an approach to manage the resumption of play after rain, which is more favourable for fans, and added that matches should resume as soon as the umpires are satisfied the ground is not dangerous.

The umpires' standards had affected many matches with Sri Lanka's touring team being denied a chance to wrap up the one-day series, and a subsequent Twenty20 match in Melbourne was shortened and delayed because of showers. (ANI)

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