Ranji Trophy 2016: Umpire Stands At Both Ends After His Partner Was Hospitalised
Umpire Virender Sharma had to officiate in a Ranji match between Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai in Mysore on Monday (November 14) at both ends after his partner, Australian Sam Nogajski complained of loose motion and stomach ache. The Australian umpire, who was officiating the game as a part of the exchange program of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), had to be hospitalized with food poisoning.
According to the reports, Nogajski’s condition is stable now and he is expected to be discharged from the hospital on Tuesday. However, he will not officiate in the remaining days of the match as he has been advised to take complete rest. Meanwhile, Vejith D, the reserve umpire for the game is only allowed to stand at square leg since he is not a member of the BCCI panel.
Speaking to the Press Trust of India,Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) Mysuru Convener, Balachandar revealed that the umpire was suffering from dehydration.
He said:“The umpire has been admitted to a local hospital at 7 am after he complained of loose motion and stomach ache. The doctors attending him said it is a case of dehydration.
“We were hopeful of Nogajski making a comeback and officiating from the post-lunch session, but the doctors, in their bulletin, advised Nogajski complete rest.It also means he will not officiate in the match any further,” he added.
Balachandar said that the umpire will now be taken to Bengaluru for medical observation.
“Nogajski will be taken to Bengaluru tomorrow where he will be again put under medical observation,” the convener said.
The 37-year old umpire from Tasmania was officiating his first game in India. He started his umpiring career in 2011 and has now become a regular face in the Sheffield Shield and the Big Bash League games.He has also officiated in four women’s ODIs and 10 women’s T20Is.
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