Nigel Llong is all set to officiate in the final of IPL 2019 despite the controversy that took place during Royal Challengers Bangalore’s tie against Sunrisers Hyderabad, a report in PTI suggests. Llong found himself in the dock after he had kicked a door in umpire’s room that was damaged. He did pay a fine of Rs 5,000 to KSCA but the matter was reported to COA.
Since he was slated to stand in the final of IPL 2019, there were expectations that BCCI might take an action against him but his umpiring skills might have worked in his favour. Llong also stood in the first Qualifier between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians earlier this week.
“Nigel Llong’s performance has been one of the best in the IPL. It was a moment’s outburst and can happen with any human being. He realised his mistake and paid from his own pocket. So the matter ends there,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI.
The controversy took place in Bengaluru last week after Llong called out for a no-ball even when Umesh Yadav leg was in contact with the crease. RCB skipper Virat Kohli wasn’t impressed with it and confronted the umpire. The no-ball also saw Sunrises Hyderabad getting a free-hit. Since the decision was already made, in no case Llong could have changed it.
Llong was under pressure and after walking into the umpire’s room; he kicked the door and damaged it. He was also under the dock during the five-over match between RCB and Rajasthan Royals. The match started three and a half hours after the scheduled start due to rain and was washed out just 10 balls before the completion as the rain droplets came down again.
In the final of IPL 2019, Chennai Super Kings will be taking on Mumbai Indians for the elusive trophy. Both the teams have won IPL trophy thrice and the winner of this edition of the league will become the most successful team in the history of the tournament.
Mumbai Indians had booked their place in the final earlier this week after they defeated Chennai Super Kings in the first Qualifier. Chennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Capitals in the second Qualifier to make it to the final on second consecutive occasion.