All ICC Foundation Modules are competency based. They describe the behaviours that you need to demonstrate in order to be accredited. The evidence of successfully demonstrating theses behaviour may be:
- Observational: as observed, and noted, by a National Umpire Manager appointed coach
- Video-based: video evidence of your behaviours demonstrated in a match
- A combination of observation and video-based evidence
5.3 Managing Ground, Weather, and Light (GWL)
You must successfully demonstrate:
|Consistency and expertise in managing Ground, Weather, and Light issues
This is one of the more contentious areas of match management. GWL is often very subjective and dependent upon the unique conditions of the day. However, ICC expects its umpires to be respectful of various stakeholders in this decision making / management process.
Firstly, the safety of players and umpires is paramount. If conditions are deemed unsafe, then play should be suspended. If conditions are safe for participants, then it is expected that playing time is maximised with the use of artificial lights, roping and the assistance of ground staff if necessary. Conditions do not have to be perfect to play; but they do have to be safe.
Secondly, ICC expects that its umpires are consistent in the decisions and management in this area. The use of light meters allows an original benchmark to be applied consistently for the remainder of the match. We also expect the umpires to effectively communicate with Captains as to when conditions are deteriorating or improving through constant monitoring of conditions so that we can play as much cricket as possible. The Umpires are also expected to communicate developments of GWL progress with the Match Referee and Ground Authority when off the field so that the public can be fully informed / updated as to when play might resume. Further, when play has been suspended, Umpires are to make frequent inspections of conditions to ensure play restarts as soon as conditions improve sufficiently.