London. Former batsman Sunil Gavaskar has praised the level of umpiring (by England umpires) in the ongoing Test series between India and England but said he would love to see neutral umpires. The International Cricket Council (ICC) made it mandatory in 1994 to have a neutral umpire in Test matches and in 2002 for both on-field umpires to be neutral. The ICC temporarily allowed the use of home umpires in all matches of the World Test Championship due to travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The former India captain said during commentary during the third day’s play of the second Test, “I would still like to see neutral umpires because when you lose two-three reviews (DRS) there is such a decision.” That may change the course of the match.” He said, “You should have neutral umpires to avoid the allegation of bias.” Gavaskar said that he is looking forward to the current series and the earlier series in Australia and India at home. Happy with the decisions taken by the umpires.
“The quality of umpiring in this series (between India and England) and in Australia has been excellent. Although I can’t talk much about our (playing) days.” Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth are the two on-field umpires in the second Test, while Richard Kettleborough and Chris Broad are the third umpires and match referee respectively.