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    How umpires are assessed

    In keeping with its objective to ensure umpiring standards are upheld, the ICC has in place a sophisticated system of umpire assessment to aid officials in their performance and development.

    At the conclusion of each Test match, and after the completion of each ODI series, all umpires - including Emirates Elite and International Panel umpires - receive a detailed report on their performance.

    The umpires also receive DVDs containing video footage and replays of each decision made, which can be viewed frame-by-frame for in-depth analysis.

    The most accurate measure of the standard of umpiring is the percentage number of correct decisions made by the Emirates Elite and International Panel of ICC Umpires.

    In the period April 2003 to March 2004, more than 3500 decisions were made in Test and ODI matches.

    The results showed that umpires had a correct decision rate of 91.4% in Test matches, and 90.3% in ODI cricket.

    Of course umpires are not infallible and, as with players, where mistakes are made they are identified through assessment and worked on through performance feedback.

    The ICC has a performance management system for umpires with three key elements:

    * Match reports from captains and referees;
    * Video analysis by an independent assessor; and
    * Feedback from the ICC Umpires and Referees Manager.

    These assessments then provide the basis on which the ICC's Umpires and Referees Manager is able to discuss directly with each umpire any areas of concern and provide feedback (including DVD footage) on the umpire's performance and areas where improvement could be sought.

    This system provides an effective means of identifying any weaknesses in an umpire's performance and enables the ICC to work with the umpire to provide feedback on his performance and identify ways of addressing any areas of concern.

    The ICC's seven-step umpire performance management process is:


    Step Element
    1 Three feedback reports completed by the match referee and the two captains
    2 Reports delivered to the ICCs Umpires and Referees Manager
    3 Information and feedback logged and a DVD generated of all decisions
    4 All decisions assessed by the ICCs independent assessor
    5 Detailed feedback report prepared for each umpire by the ICCs Umpires and Referees Manager
    6 DVD featuring all decisions sent to each umpire
    7 Discussion of report between umpire and ICC Umpires and Referees Manager

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    The results showed that umpires had a correct decision rate of 91.4% in Test matches, and 90.3% in ODI cricket.
    in international sport, that is NOT good enough.

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    I am not one to openly criticise the umpires whenever my team loses and blame them for the loss, but 90-92% is quite low. It seems high, and may decept a few people but when you think that these people are paid for this job, and it is their specialisation in life, that's not exactly an excellent percentage.

    Think about those figures used in any other aspect for one's personal career. Is that acceptable? Considering these umpires are seen as the elite in their jobs it doesn't look excellent. I wouldn't think that the best barrister at a prestigious legal firm would have a 90-92% win-rate. Neither would a top architect when it comes to satisfaction for their clients.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    I am not one to openly criticise the umpires whenever my team loses and blame them for the loss, but 90-92% is quite low. It seems high, and may decept a few people but when you think that these people are paid for this job, and it is their specialisation in life, that's not exactly an excellent percentage.

    Think about those figures used in any other aspect for one's personal career. Is that acceptable? Considering these umpires are seen as the elite in their jobs it doesn't look excellent. I wouldn't think that the best barrister at a prestigious legal firm would have a 90-92% win-rate. Neither would a top architect when it comes to satisfaction for their clients.
    It's easy to criticise, but unless you have a practical solution whats the point?

    as for the Lawyer/Architect, how long do they have to make their decisions and examine every facet of them?


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    Quote Originally Posted by telsor
    It's easy to criticise, but unless you have a practical solution whats the point?

    as for the Lawyer/Architect, how long do they have to make their decisions and examine every facet of them?
    Solution is technology.
    Snickometer is almost always right (far higher % than umpires), cyclops is almost infallible as well and i am sold on the hawkeye.....its the least accurate of these three but more accurate than the umps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by telsor
    It's easy to criticise, but unless you have a practical solution whats the point?

    as for the Lawyer/Architect, how long do they have to make their decisions and examine every facet of them?
    Lawyers are among the least trusted professionals in society and it was an archetictial mistake in the building of the twin towers that caused so many deaths. They only bolted the floor joists onto the walls instead of incorporating them in them into the walls thus allowing them to have a consatina effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scallywag
    Lawyers are among the least trusted professionals in society and it was an archetictial mistake in the building of the twin towers that caused so many deaths. They only bolted the floor joists onto the walls instead of incorporating them in them into the walls thus allowing them to have a consatina effect.

    incorrect.
    It was NOT an archetectural mistake. The collapse was due to the central steel gridwork melting.Since any electrical fire or conventional fire cannot even begin to approach the temperatures of a closed environment kerosine fire, the steel melted.
    You design something with safety regulations in mind for the job it has to do.
    You design a car to survive a bumper to bumper collision or collision with a deer.
    you dont design it to remain intact if a tank goes over it.
    You dont design a bridge to hold up the weight of the NASA shuttle launcher.

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    I agree with what most of the posters here have said about the umpires and how 90% is not good enough at the international level. But I have always wondered one thing: Why the hell is it that the umpires should not be criticized in public? Perhaps the players cannot do that, but I think some of the media guys (who give such a hard time to so many players) should try it with the umpires as well. After all, they are professionals, they are paid to do a job and if they cannot do it well enough, why should they be above criticism?
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    Out of curiosity, I'd be interested in seeing the percentages of correct decisions for domestic umpires. Granted a study is unlikely to occur, but with less pressure from large crowds supporting one team (which is a fact that has been brought up in recent discussions), it'd be interesting to see whether the percentage is similar, less or maybe even more?

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    On another note, I have to add that with the current Aussie side dominating the rest as it is doing, the umpiring errors which reward them will always be more visible than the ones that penalize them. That is just the way it works, the people will always notice the black dot, not the white sheet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Out of curiosity, I'd be interested in seeing the percentages of correct decisions for domestic umpires. Granted a study is unlikely to occur, but with less pressure from large crowds supporting one team (which is a fact that has been brought up in recent discussions), it'd be interesting to see whether the percentage is similar, less or maybe even more?
    I'd say there would probably be more dodgy decisions in domestic cricket. There are a lot of mediocre umpires doing the rounds in domestic cricket everywhere...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scallywag
    Lawyers are among the least trusted professionals in society and it was an archetictial mistake in the building of the twin towers that caused so many deaths. They only bolted the floor joists onto the walls instead of incorporating them in them into the walls thus allowing them to have a consatina effect.
    I always thought that it had a lot to do with the fact that the framework was steel instead of concrete, because the Mafia runs the concrete in New York.. but that's a story for another thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C_C
    incorrect.
    It was NOT an archetectural mistake. The collapse was due to the central steel gridwork melting.Since any electrical fire or conventional fire cannot even begin to approach the temperatures of a closed environment kerosine fire, the steel melted.
    You design something with safety regulations in mind for the job it has to do.
    You design a car to survive a bumper to bumper collision or collision with a deer.
    you dont design it to remain intact if a tank goes over it.
    You dont design a bridge to hold up the weight of the NASA shuttle launcher.
    No, the collapse was brought about by a couple of planes crashing through.

    On topic, I am hardly sold on hawkeye to bring it into the game. Keep the game how it is, if needed bring in earphone for the umpires to pick up snicks, but hawkeye and such are only going to extend everything and bore the casual fan.

    Most people think cricket is long enough as is, no big technology is needed for a game that has been going for centuries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honestbharani
    I agree with what most of the posters here have said about the umpires and how 90% is not good enough at the international level. But I have always wondered one thing: Why the hell is it that the umpires should not be criticized in public? Perhaps the players cannot do that, but I think some of the media guys (who give such a hard time to so many players) should try it with the umpires as well. After all, they are professionals, they are paid to do a job and if they cannot do it well enough, why should they be above criticism?
    What annoys me is that players cop a lot of criticism because as 'paid professionals' they are expected to do a job. Fair enough. They're expected to perform and thus should. But what I don't like is the hypocrisy of those using that argument against players, yet when it comes to umpires they say "oh the umpires are just trying to do their job, and its tough so give them a break". No one is denying its tough. But so is opening the batting for your country facing Shoaib Akhtar's 150km+ balls, or trying to work out Warne or McGrath's bowling to score runs etc. So why should umpires get let off the hook? They get paid just like players, and should be expected to perform.

    Funny how coaches and players can criticise other players (eg. Ponting to Akhtar, Woolmer to Akhtar etc.) yet the umpires are taboo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirBloody Idiot
    No, the collapse was brought about by a couple of planes crashing through.

    On topic, I am hardly sold on hawkeye to bring it into the game. Keep the game how it is, if needed bring in earphone for the umpires to pick up snicks, but hawkeye and such are only going to extend everything and bore the casual fan.

    Most people think cricket is long enough as is, no big technology is needed for a game that has been going for centuries.

    No it did not.
    The PEng society of NYC concluded that it was due to the steel melting due to the closed confined fires of the spilled kerosine from the jetliners.
    It wasnt an impact-related collapse per se, because the building didnt disintegrate right after impact but after the fire got hot enough to melt the steel frameworks for the immediate few storeys. After that, it was one storey collapsing on top of another and collapsing them by sheer momentum(downward spiral as each extra storey is adding more and more momentum thus after the collapse of the first 3-4 levels, the cycle is almost irreverseable).

    On topic, I am hardly sold on hawkeye to bring it into the game. Keep the game how it is, if needed bring in earphone for the umpires to pick up snicks, but hawkeye and such are only going to extend everything and bore the casual fan.
    If introduction of technology means an extra 5-10 minute per ODI innings, i have NO PROBLEMS with it. And i dont see the need to keep the game as it is especially since the umpires have a rather poor % of success and the price we pay for the integrity of the game is minimal- 5/10 minutes.
    Granted, cricket has its problems with the length of each game but a 5-10 minute difference in time is of little or no impact, given that most ODIs cross the 5 hour mark. That is approx 1-2% extra timeframe and it wouldnt make a blip of a difference.
    You cannot market cricket in america with a 5-10 min reduction in playing time and neither are you gonna reduce the popularity of cricket in established nations with 5-10 min added time.

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