Irate IPL umpire Nigel Llong reported for kicking door: report | Daily News

Irate IPL umpire Nigel Llong reported for kicking door: report

NEW DELHI, Tuesday - An Indian Premier League umpire has been reported to the national body for allegedly kicking a door after an altercation with Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli, a press report said Tuesday. Englishman Nigel Llong's on-pitch argument with Kohli, who is also Indian captain, was just the latest in a string of heated exchanges between players and umpires in this edition of the T20 extravaganza.

Llong, 50, who is due to umpire the IPL final on Sunday, called out Bangalore paceman Umesh Yadav for a no-ball in a May 4 match against Sunrisers Hyderabad but replays suggested the bowler's back foot was behind the line. Kohli and Yadav protested the call, made in the final over of the Hyderabad innings, but Llong stood with his decision. Umpires withdrawing a no-ball call is extremely rare. Llong, who is on the International Cricket Council's Elite Panel of umpires, then vented his anger by kicking the door of the umpires’ room at Bangalore's M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, according to the Times of India newspaper. The newspaper said that Llong paid 5,500 rupees ($72) in compensation for the damage but the state association has decided to report the incident to the sport's national body, the BCCI.

“It was an unfortunate incident. As a state association we are duty bound to report it and we are writing to the CoA (Committee of Administrators),” a state official was quoted as saying. The Board of Control for Cricket in India was not immediately available for comment. Llong was also part of a controversial decision during Bangalore's rained-off match against Rajasthan Royals when the bowlers were allowed to bowl only one over in the five-overs-a-side contest when a maximum of two is allowed. - AFP



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