#ZIMvIND: Umpires see red as they change shirts to avoid fielder confusion

The practice of umpires changing the colour of their shirts in each innings of ODIs’ and Twenty20 matches has occurred infrequently for years, but has been highlighted during the current Zimbabwe v India series.

“The default colour for the umpires is red but then that is the Zimbabwe colour,” a source close to Zimbabwe Cricket told us. “The on-field umpires are dressing in the colour of the batting team to avoid their being confused with the fielders.
“The third and fourth umpires are also doing the same because for the former is a reserve and may be called in to stand at any time so needs to be ready,” he added. “This is to avoid confusion with the fielders, particularly at square leg. When India are in the field in blue the umpires change to red, and vice versa to blue as Zimbabwe field in red. They work in teams and therefore the practice is also being continued with the fourth umpire”.

Bipin Dani

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
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