Indian umpires undergo BCCI course on English language and communication skills
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the commencement of an English language and communication skills programme for Indian umpires aimed at helping their interaction with international players. While the BCCI had already started the course on a trial basis in 2015 with the focus solely on the English language, this time around, the umpires were divided into two batches with special attention being paid to help them communicate better.
The first batch of Indian umpires has already completed their five-day training course, which was held in Mumbai from July 12 to 16 while the second batch started their training programme earlier today, also in Mumbai.
With more and more international players making their presence felt in the ever-popular Indian Premier League (IPL), the BCCI wants to ensure that the players from other countries and the Indian umpires don’t feel a language barrier when they express their views on the field.
With this is mind, the BCCI has chosen one of the most reputed organizations in the world when it comes to teaching English to be associated with for the project.
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The programme has been designed by British Council in association with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and is part of BCCI’s educational and development programme for the match officials based in India. With S Ravi being the only Indian representative in the ICC’s Elite Panel of Umpires, the BCCI is keen to fast-track the learning and development of other potential candidates.
Featuring some of the best English language trainers in the world, the umpires underwent various interactive sessions over the course of five days including role-plays, mock meetings and enacting real match situations which have the spotlight firmly on the umpires to help the officials understand how to best communicate with players in the English language.
Special attention was also paid to the need for umpires to communicate properly and effectively with team captains and also with the third umpire and the match referee in order to avoid any miscommunication due to the language barrier.
Despite the BCCI having a tough time recently with the Supreme Court of India ordering the Lodha committee recommendations to be implemented within a period of six months, the new regime headed by president Anurag Thakur has been taking concrete steps to help spread the game to newer venues, improve existing facilities and so on.
With India very much a pivotal figure in international cricket, it wants to ensure that the umpires from the country also display the qualities that can help equip them better in the modern day game.