English umpire Nigel Llong could face an enquiry from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for allegedly damaging the door in the umpire’s room after the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Llong reportedly lost his cool after being involved in a verbal spat with RCB skipper Virat Kohli over a contentious no ball against Sunrisers Hyderabad during an IPL match. However, TV replays showed that it was a legitimate delivery.
An official from BCCI told PTI that Llong might have some explanation to give but the matter will not cost him his place as a designated umpire for the IPL final to be played in Hyderabad.
The BCCI is said to be in some kind of dilemma on whether to even consider taking such a step “for a moment’s indiscretion”. R Sudhakar Rao, secretary of Karnataka State Cricket Association said that KSCA has demanded action against Llong for his misconduct. Rao, however, did say that the umpire had paid for the damage caused.
He further said that the matter has been reported to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and hopeful of an action against the umpire Nigel Llong. If players can be punished for their misdemeanor then why not the umpire.
Llong paid Rs 5000 after he was confronted by the KSCA officials and had demanded a receipt of the payment.
In his international career, Llong has stood in 56 Tests, 123 ODIs and 32 T20s. He will be officiating in the upcoming World Cup in the United Kingdom starting May 30.