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February 27, 2016 23:46 IST

‘You don't want me to get banned before World T20. You have all seen umpiring’

Dhoni not happy with umpires using ear piece

MS Dhoni

IMAGE: Pakistan players shake hands with Indian players after the Asia Cup match. Photographer: Solaris Images

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not at all pleased with the use of some of the umpiring devices like ear-piece which he feels prevents the on-field official from hearing snicks and edges in a packed stadium.


Bangladeshi umpire SIS Saikat failed to detect a nick from Khurram Manzoor's bat off Ashish Nehra's bowling and the Indian captain wasn’t happy about it.

Asked about umpiring, a sarcastic Dhoni said, "You don't want me to get banned before World T20. You have all seen umpiring. It’s your call."

"One thing certainly should be done. Umpires now use walkie talkies as well as wear ear piece in one ear which effectively means they are umpiring with one ear. It's a difficult job. One needs to consider this. They are hearing with one ear. I believe there is no point having an ear piece when the bowler is bowling as you don’t need to use it then. It’s better to use both ears as a lot of things might happen on field," the skipper said.

Dhoni was in a mood to take dig at match officials as another innocuous question about his tips to bowlers caught on stump microphone was asked.

"It's very interesting you know. Match referees say that microphone is off when there is a situation of one guy from one team saying something to the other guy. But it is very strange that whenever I say something, they always catch it.

"Something may be very fishy from my side or match referee’s side! For example, okay this guy used a word that should not be used and we find mike is off but whatever I say, mike is always on," Dhoni took a veiled dig at the match officials.

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