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ICC joins forces with SLC, Ten Sports to hold third-umpire technology training

Dubai, Tue, 02 Aug 2011 ANI

Dubai, Aug 2(ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) is partnering with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Ten Sports to deliver the first simulated TV umpire technology training course at Galle, Sri Lanka, on August 30.


Australian umpire Simon Taufel will run the course.


Taufel said the initiative will benefit the elite panel umpires and the international panel umpires from Sri Lanka.


"The decision-making module will involve training on run out, stumping, clean catches, bump ball, lbw (Decision Review System), caught (DRS), boundaries and front-foot no-balls," Taufel said.


"While working through the various decision-making elements, there will also be a focus on effective communication skills," he added.


Chief Executive of Taj TV Ten Sports Atul Pande added: "Taj TV (Ten Sports) is delighted to partner with the ICC for the launch of this third-umpire technology simulation training programme with the aim of developing world-class umpires.


"The occasion is all the more significant for us as this pilot program involves Sri Lanka Cricket - a long standing partner of Ten Sports. We have no doubt that this project will be a great success and will pave the way for both the ICC and Ten Sports to work in close partnership to replicate projects of this nature in other member countries in the near future," Pande said.


Meanwhile, chairman of the interim committee of Sri Lanka Cricket, Upali Dharmadasa, reckons that the local umpires will benefit from the programme.


"We are grateful to ICC for choosing Sri Lanka as the location to run the pilot programme just prior to the first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia. SLC is committed to work with ICC and Ten Sports to find ways to improve the quality of umpiring among the local umpires by encouraging such programmes and trying to make it a regular feature," Dharmadasa said. (ANI)


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