The IPL has removed umpire Sanjay Hazare from the match officials’ panel for the rest of the tournament.
There has been no specific reason provided for the decision, but Hazare had shot down a run-out appeal against Kevin Pietersen without referring to the third umpire when Delhi Daredevils played Rajasthan Royals at Delhi on May 3 even the batsman was out of his crease.
IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal indicated there was a strong case for Hazare’s removal. “He has been removed. There are many reasons,” Biswal told to ESPNcricinfo. It is understood that the message was communicated to Hazare by BCCI operations manager MV Sridhar.
In the seventh over, Pietersen was sent back when he sought a leg bye and wicketkeeper Sanju Samson found his target. TV replays clearly showed the Daredevils captain was well short of his ground, but astonishingly Hazare, who was standing at square leg, turned down the appeal.
Hazare told ESPNcricinfo. “I was very clear about that. And hence I did not refer to the third umpire.“
According to Hazare he was asked by the match referee about the incident later. “I told him the same thing,” he said. “It was a human error. Once I had made the decision I could not correct it.“
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