Delhi Capitals assistant coach Mohammad Kaif has asserted that the umpires should ensure the matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) end on time. He also indicated that teams were misusing substitutes by replacing weaker fielders with stronger ones.
“Every match is finishing at 12 in the night. Umpires need to ensure that the match ends on time. Teams are taking up too much time on deciding which player should be fielded at what position,” Kaif told reporters.
“Players after bowling their quota of overs go out of the field and the team replaces them with good fielders, which eats up a lot of time,” he said.
“During the match between Punjab and Delhi, we saw that Sarfaraz Khan did not come for fielding. He got hit on the hand, but I don’t know how severe his injury was.”
“The new fielder which came out to field took an amazing catch, so teams are deliberately trying to introduce better fielders on the field to replace weaker ones and the umpires need to keep a check on it,” he said.
Kaif also raised questions on the long meetings that take place on the field going on to add that the match officials need to be more vigilant and proactive to ensure that too much time spent on strategising does not eat up the time on the field.
“Lot of teams are taking time with long meetings, taking time to set fields. So many things going on in mind of the captain. It is not easy to set the field with so many meetings. We as a team will try to keep things simple,” he said.
With most of the matches going on till after midnight, the T20 extravaganza has been criticised by the fans and pundits.
Measures have been taken to curtail the amount of time with Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma and Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane already fined for maintaining slow over rates in the tournament.
Delhi Capitals, after having lost their previous match against Kings XI Punjab will look to bounce back as they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 4.
(ANI Inputs )