Ranji umpire stands at both ends with partner absent ill

Virender Sharma, former Himachal batsman and now an umpire, was forced to stand at both ends for a full day's play in a Ranji Trophy match in Mysore because his partner, Australian Sam Nogajski, had to be hospitalised with food poisoning.

The reserve umpire at the venue, Vejith D, is not a member of the BCCI panel, which meant he could only stand at square leg during the second day's play between Mumbai and Uttar Pradesh.

V Narayana Kutty, the match referee, in consultation with the BCCI, decided on P Jaipla as a replacement for the final two days of the game.

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