English umpire Nigel Llong damaged a door in the M Chinnaswamy dressing room after a heated exchange with Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli.
In the last over of the SunRisers Hyderabad’s innings against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Llong signaled for a ‘no-ball’ when Umesh Yadav was bowling.
The TV replays showed that Yadav’s foot landed behind the line and hence it should not have been given a no-ball.
Umesh Yadav and Virat Kohli argued with Llong about the same but the Englishman refused to have any discussions about the matter.
In the aftermath of the incident, Llong needed to vent out his frustration and ended up kicking the dressing room door.
Though, in Llong’s defense, he talked to the Karnataka State Cricket Association officials afterwards and paid Rs. 5,000 from his own pocket to get the door repaired.
KSCA secretary R Sudhakar Rao has demanded strict action to be taken against the 50-year old.
He said “We have reported the matter to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and hopefully action will be taken against Nigel Llong. If the players are punished for their misdemeanor and fined their match fees then why not the umpires.”
“I didn’t speak to umpire Llong but I spoke to match referee Narayanan Kutty. I am hopeful COA will take action,” he further added.
Nigel Llong is in line to officiate the Indian Premier League final for this season and this incident is not expected to harm his chances for the same.