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What is the shield-like gear the umpires are wearing at the IPL 2016?

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The umpires in IPL(2016) are wearing a shield like gear on their hands. What purpose does it serve, and what is it called?

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posted Jun 9, 2016 by Ati Kumar

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At the moment, this isn't standard equipment for umpires; only Bruce Oxenford is using it at the moment as far as I'm aware. As such, I'm guessing this is a personal piece of equipment that Oxenford is using and as such it doesn't have a formal name, but yes, it's obviously for the umpire to use as protection from the ball.

For what it's worth, this isn't the first time Oxenford has used the "shield" - he also used it in the Australia vs West Indies World T20 warm up match earlier in 2016.

answer Jun 10, 2016 by Abhishek Maheshwari
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