ipl 2021 will not have disputed soft signal rules | IPL 2021
IPL 2021 | With less than 15 days to go before the start of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League. IPL 2021 will start on April 9 with a match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken a big decision before the start of the new season. The BCCI has recently decided to remove the controversial ‘soft signal’ rule from IPL 2021.
The BCCI has made it clear that the ground umpire will not be required to give a soft signal before sending a decision to the third umpire in IPL 2021. The soft signal rule was under discussion in the recent T20 series between India and England.
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What is a soft signal?
On-field umpires ask the third umpire for help when it is difficult to decide on a close catch or a wicket. However, in order to seek the help of the third umpire, both the umpires have to discuss and give their decision. This is called soft signal. The third umpire then looks at him from different angles and when he finds concrete evidence, he changes the decision of the on-field umpires or keeps it the same. But sometimes even the third umpire doesn’t get enough evidence. In such a situation the third umpire accepts the decision of the on-field umpire.
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What was the controversy in the India-England match?
Suryakumar Yadav was batting on 57 in the fourth T20I match between India and England. Suryakumar played a scoop shot on Sam Karan’s delivery. The ball went to David Malan and he claimed the catch. But, the catch was not clear, so the on-field umpire took the help of the third umpire. But as a rule, the on-field umpires also have to announce their decision and the umpires declared Suryakumar out in their decision. After that, when the third umpire watched TV several times, it was not clear if he had been caught. So the third umpire ruled according to the on-field umpire and Suryakumar had to go back to the pavilion. However, it was clear from the TV replay that the ball had hit the ground. Virat Kohli had expressed his displeasure over this. This rule was then under discussion.
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