Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Why are the Neutral Umpires Missing?

The Pakistan cricket team is currently on a tour of Bangladesh where the first match of the three-match T20 series was played today in Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka.

According to the details, team Pakistan led by Babar Azam won the match by 4 wickets in the final over of the match after a thrilling contest and took a 1-0 lead in the series. Pakistani fans continued to react to the changing situation during the match on social networking sites, but two things remained the focus of cricket fans’ attention.

One is the quality of commentary and the other is the absence of neutral umpires.

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The decision to appoint neutral umpires in international cricket was taken in order to eliminate bias in the game and it is important that the umpires of the two teams playing in the match do not supervise the match but must be from some other country.

But why are Bangladeshi umpires standing in a Pakistan-Bangladesh T20 series?

The answer is that due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of the rules of cricket were changed, including the use of saliva to polish cricket balls and umpires holding towels or hats, etc.

Similarly, it was also decided by the International Cricket Council (ICC) that the umpires of the host country could be appointed in the bilateral series until the situation improves completely. That is why in the first T20 match between Pakistan and Bangladesh, all the umpires and referees were Bangladeshis.

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Social media users also criticized the umpire in the match and accused him of bias. It is possible that the umpires have shown some degree of impartiality but in modern day cricket it has become very difficult for the umpires as modern cameras can detect even the smallest error.

Not only non-neutral umpires are performing their duties in the Pakistan-Bangladesh series but also Indian umpires are being appointed in all the matches in the series between New Zealand and India.

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There are fears of bias in the appointment of umpires belonging to match-playing teams and that is why the ICC decided to appoint neutral umpires to minimize it.

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