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Anil Chaudhary triggers controversy by allegedly influencing DRS call

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Anil Chaudhary officiated in his first T20I match on 10 October 2013, between India and Australia. After making a debut in the truncated version of the game, the Indian cricket umpire officiated in his first ODI on 27 November 2013, between India and the West Indies.

In the following year, Anil Chaudhary was picked up as one of the 17 on-field match umpires for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

In January this year, the on-field umpire was adjudged as one of the 16 match officials for the 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup tourney in South Africa.

During the ongoing edition of the IPL match between SRH and DC, Anil Chaudhary was engaged in an infamous controversy. On Tuesday evening in Dubai, the on-field umpire might have influenced Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner to not take DRS.

Anil Chaudhary triggers controversy by allegedly influencing DRS call

What actually happened?

This incident took place at Dubai International Cricket Stadium during the finishing stages of the match. Delhi Capitals were nowhere close to challenging Sunrisers Hyderabad. David Warner’s side got the better of Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals by 88 runs.

During the 17th over of Delhi Capitals run-chase, Sandeep Sharma pitched in with a full-length ball to Ravi Ashwin. He attempted to middle the ball towards the leg side but the ball ended up hitting the pads. SRH players appealed but Anil Chaudhary was not encouraged by it.

Anil Chaudhary turned down the appeal and further went on to put his hand on his knuckles, signaling that Ravichandran Ashwin got an inside-edge after the ball was delivered. After this incident, the Sunrisers Hyderabad didn’t take the Decision Review System.

Meanwhile, Scott Styris reckons that Anil Chaudhary made a big blunder in his judgment. “Should the umpire be doing that? Standing there saying ‘bat’? With the ability now of teams to have reviews, should he be giving a cue to the players?

When we played before DRS was around, we would often see umpires do that, and there was no problem because he was then helping the fielding team out as to say why it was given not out – ‘I believe he hit it’. But now, with the DRS,” Scott Styris said.

What rule-book says?

According to the rule-book, cricketers are not permitted to consult the on-field umpires before going for a DRS review. In fact, there is no mention of an on-field umpire hinting resolution or suggestions to the cricketers either.

Meanwhile, Article 3.2.3 of Indian Premier League’s playing conditions states, “Under no circumstances is any player permitted to query an umpire about any aspect of a decision before deciding on whether or not to request a Player Review.”

“If the on-field umpires believe that the captain or either batsman has received direct or indirect input emanating other than from the players on the field, then they may at their discretion, decline the request for a Player Review. In particular, signals from the dressing room must not be given. Breach of this provision will be liable for reporting under COC.”

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