Kerala Cricket Association provides online training to 165 referees

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: about 165 cricket umpires are now being trained online by the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The exercise is being undertaken to prepare the umpires to take up the Level one training and examination conducted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI ).

The KCA has included all of these 165 people and their trainers in a WhatsApp group and is providing audio clips containing detailed interpretations of the latest edition of the MCC Cricket Laws.

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Coaches include Tony Emmatty , a BCCI Level two umpire and former international umpire Jose Kurishinkal and former national referee Ajith Kumar .

The KCA had planned this as a classroom activity, but abandoned the plan after the blockade took effect in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.