Llong under BCCI scanner but unlikely to be removed from IPL final (Image Credit: Twitter)
As they say, “Umpires decision is the last decision”. When most of the times, umpires work regressively with the full fortitude to make the right calls on the field, sometimes they lost their path. In the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the umpires have done a few blunders and coincidently two have come against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and on one occasion, they even lost the match.
Reportedly, Llong lost his cool after being confronted by Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Kohli over a contentious no ball call against Sunrisers Hyderabad during an IPL match on Saturday in Bengaluru. With this, the English umpire Nigel Llong could face the BCCI's scrutiny for allegedly damaging the door of a stadium room after an argument with Virat Kohli but the Indian board is unlikely to remove him as an official for the IPL final on May 12.
According to reports, the ICC Elite Panel official kicked the door of the umpires' room during the innings break and damaged it. A BCCI official told PTI that Llong might have some explaining to do but the matter will not cost him his place as a designated umpire for the IPL final to be held in Hyderabad.
The BCCI, it is learnt, is in a dilemma on whether to even consider taking such a step "for a moment's indiscretion". In Bengaluru, Karnataka State Cricket Association secretary R Sudhakar Rao said the KSCA has demanded action against Llong. Rao, however, did say that the 50-year-old paid for the damage caused.
"We have reported the matter to the Committee of Administrators (COA) and hopefully action will be taken against Nigel Llong. If the players are punished for their misdemeanour and fined their match fees then why not the umpires," he said.