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ICC to conduct umpire training course
Tuesday 02 August 2011

With the sole motive of improving the quality of umpiring on the field, the ICC in association with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Ten Sports is set to conduct the first ever simulated television umpire technology training course at Galle on August 30.

The course will be run by Australian umpire and member of the Emirates ICC Elite Umpires panel Simon Taufel and will involve training on various aspects of the game, including the much-debated Decision Review System (DRS), an ICC media release stated.

"This is a great initiative which will benefit the elite panel umpires and also the international panel umpires from Sri Lanka," Taufel, winner of five ICC Umpire of the Year awards, said.

"The decision-making module will involve training on run out, stumping, clean catches, bump ball, lbw (DRS), caught (DRS), boundaries and front-foot no-balls. While working through the various decision-making elements, there will also be a focus on effective communication skills," he added.

This unique programme aims at developing the world’s best match officials.

"This is the first simulated training course we have run and we are delighted with the extension of our training programme aimed at developing the world's best match officials," ICC Referees' and Umpires' manager, Vince van der Bijl, said.

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