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Signs of improvement in umpiring too

By V.V. Subrahmanyam

HYDERABAD, FEB. 8. The quality of umpiring has become a point of discussion with the decisive phase of the Premier Hockey League all set to begin on Thursday.

And everybody agrees with the fact that the umpiring standards have shown signs of improvement after a dismal beginning, thanks to the initiatives by the Tournament Director, A.S. Bawa.

But people like Kashif Jawad of Pakistan are vocal on the flaws in umpiring. "A lot of problems were there in the initial stages," he remarked.

However, Clarence Lobo, coach of Maratha Warriors, feels that it is too much to expect them to improve at this stage. "We don't think most of the mistakes are deliberate," he said.

Cards galore

In all, 91 cards were shown in 16 matches in Tier I alone. And just consider this. Sher-e-Jalandhar captain Gagan Ajit Singh, Viren Rasquinha, skipper of Maratha Warriors, Spanish captain Juan Escarre, Pakistan's Muhammad Saqlain, playing for Chennai Veerans, are some of the most prominent players who received the yellow card.

According to table official Alphonse Absolom, most of the Indian umpires get carried away by the reputation of the players and hesitate to act tough on the field. "But the PHL has given them the confidence to be strict. And unlike in most of the domestic events, there are not too many extended arguments about penalty-corners," observes Absolom, himself an international umpire.

Time-outs

However, what annoys the players is the late reaction of the table officials to the time-outs. As a result the officials end up blowing the whistle at the wrong time. Dhanraj Pillay lost two clear chances against Sher-e-Jalandhar. On both the occasions time-outs were called when he was on the attacking move and not when the ball was in his half as the rule specified.

Ramandeep Singh, coach of Sher-e-Jalandhar, has an interesting suggestion to deal with this problem. "It may not be a bad idea if there is a separate official to take care of time-outs instead of giving this responsibility to the table officials."

However, Veer Bahadur Singh says they are really enjoying the PHL. "Frankly speaking, when you are out there in the middle you don't look as to who is in the thick of action."

And, A.S. Bawa is a very pleased man. According to him the umpires are doing a good job despite the pulls and pressures from the players and the coaches.

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