Replacement umpire has been sought for the last two days of play     Getty Images (Representational Image)
Replacement umpire has been sought for the last two days of play Getty Images (Representational Image)

In what can be called as a bizarre happening, Indian umpire Virender Sharma who is officiating the on-going Ranji Trophy 2016-17 match of round 6 between Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh had to officiate the match from both ends all alone because his Australian partner Sam Nogajski has been hospitalised due to food poisoning. So hence, Sharma had to stand at both ends to officiate the match. Nogajski s condition is said to be stable as of now, but he is still not fit enough to stand for the last day of play, as he is will be discharged from the hospital on Tuesday.

According to the rule of BCCI, every match has a reserve umpire who should take to the field and officiate the match if such thing takes place, but in this case, Vejith D who is the reserve umpire does not hold any position in the BCCIs panel and so he could not umpire the match from the bowlers end; hence both the umpires Sharma and Vejith D had to keep on changing their ends after every over.

Changing ends after every over became too tedious for the match officials and hence it was decided after brief consultation with match referee V Narayana Kutty with the BCCI that P Jaipla would be standing in as the replacement for Nogajski for the final two days of the match. Last year John Ward had to be hospitalised after a shot from Barinder Sran pinged him in the head in Dindigul. Tasmanian Nogajski, 37, has been a regular in Shield matches and BBL, and has also stood in four women’s ODIs, but this was his first match officiating in India.