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DTCwordfan | 14:44 Mon 15th Apr 2019 | Sport
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What are the black shields on their left arms that the umpires are wearing? Surely not for fending off straight-driven cricket-balls?

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Yes - or balls thrown at the stumps that go astray when attempting runouts. Bruce Oxenford (umpire) carried a clear one (not black) in test matches, so it is not just the IPL where this happens.

However as the IPL is more frenetic (20/20) it does make sense for standing umpires to be able to knock a ball away when fired straight at them.
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thanks - they could clock the bowlers if they no-ball and make it more interesting......
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