ICC might scrap neutral umpires system
London: The International Cricket Council might do away with the concept of neutral umpires by this year`s Ashes as it feels the Decision Review System would clear the decks for officials to stand in matches featuring their home country.
ICC President David Morgan has hinted that top umpires like Simon Taufel of Australia could get to stand in games featuring his home country very soon.
"I think the progress with the DRS has been extremely good indeed, to the extent that I think we should be thinking about the best umpires being appointed to Test match cricket irrespective of whether they come from the participating teams or not," Morgan told a cricket website.
Taufel, the winner of ICC`s Umpire of Year trophy for five of the past six years, has not stood in an Australia match since 2001.
Five of the 12 umpires on the ICC`s elite panel are from Australia and England, which leaves only seven neutral officials to choose from when the two countries meet.
Morgan said scrapping the neutral system is a possibility which might come true by the Ashes.