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    Elite Panel

    Should members of the umpires elite panel be allowed to umpire in home Test Matches?
    You know it makes sense.

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    I reckon any umpire should be allowed to umpire in any test match simple as that.

    I cannot belive than any umpire would be biased towards his home nation what so ever.

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    I voted "no". I think it leaves the umps less open to accusations of bias. Not that it stops us, mind!
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    i also voted no. Not because I think they'd be biased but because it would save a lot of accusations of bias if they made a tiny mistake.
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    Those who believe neutral umpires do not have any bias whatsoever are deluded and those that believe all home umpires have a bias are equally delusional.
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    Funny how little talk this thread got in its day (though the non-public poll is a disappointment). I bump it now in the hope that there might be some more discussion of the issue.

    (I'm against Umpires standing in any Test involving their team, home or away, myself. Even if bias is only actually in existence in a tiny minority of cases, the suspicion is always there and makes any error that much harder to take)
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    No way in hell. Aren't there enough umpiring controversies?
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    Every wrong decision would be tainted with accusation of bias. That's too much pressure on the umpire, and yet another thing that could distract from the sport.

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    What are the positives? I really can't think of any other than "to avoid discrimination". We have a large panel of umpires from various different countries - there's no need to go down this avenue for mine and it would accomplish absolutely nothing.

    I wouldn't be outraged if it happened as such, but I can see absolute no reason to allow it and the negatives are obvious.
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    There is no logial reason to allow it. Opens up many potential issues without a single benefit.
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    absolutely not...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    I voted "no". I think it leaves the umps less open to accusations of bias. Not that it stops us, mind!
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    An overwhelming "YES"!!! Because,

    1. One home umpire stands in every ODI match except WC matches. And so far we haven't been plagued with "umpiring controversies".

    2. People like Simon Taufel, has been constantly on tour, even more than an average player, and hardly gets to spend time with his kith an kin. One home umpire per test match can take away that disincentive.

    3. After the current test series, Referrals will come into place which would take a lot pf decision making pressure from the on-field guys anyway. SO a possibly wrong decision can be corrected instantly, regardless of the neutrality of the umpires.

    So, ICC should allow atleast one home umpire.

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    Would be 100% against it. As some posters have already mentioned, any wrong decisions that an umpire would make that were in favour of the home side would end up in allegations of bias ect and that really isn't what the game needs.
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