Indian umpires are hardly part of ICC’s elite panel in international cricket. Sundaram Ravi, who is India’s sole representative in the elite panel, is on the verge of losing his job.
The governing body of international cricket has already finalized the decision despite him being part of the group that will officiate in the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.
He was promoted to the highest panel of the umpires in 2015. Ravi will be dropped soon after the World Cup.
“The Elite panel is a tough place to survive with so much competition and high-pressure, top-level games. Ravi was lying at the bottom in the report card prepared over the last couple of years for the 12 elite level umpires,” said an official aware of the development.
His umpiring was questioned by RCB skipper Virat Kohli when he failed to spot a no-ball from Lasith Malinga in one of the matches between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.
“We are playing IPL level, not club cricket. That’s a ridiculous call off the last ball. The umpires should have their eyes open, it was a no-ball by an inch.”