January 09 (363-364)



(Story numbers 1935-1942)

363 – 1 January [1935-1936]

P3 • Further international appointments for Llong, Gould  (363-1935).

P3 • Slow over-rate fine for England  (363-1936).

364 – 30 January [1936-1942]

P3 • UDRS referrals reduced to two per innings  (364-1937).

P4 • Match referee Crowe named for 100th ODI  (364-1938).

P4 • Koertzen edges towards 100 Test mark  (364-1939).

P5 • Bucknor named for Aus-NZ ODI series  (364-1940).

P5 • Dharmasena makes ODI debut  (364-1941).

P5 • Sri Lankan, South African umpires on exchange  (364-1942).






Two English members of the International Cricket Council's second tier International Umpires Panel, Nigel Llong and Ian Gould, have been given further appointments to international matches played overseas.  Llong, together with Test record holder Steve Bucknor from the West Indies, is officiating in the two-match series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, while Gould has been named to stand in the five-match One Day International (ODI) series between Australia and South Africa later this month.

Gould, who made his debut at Test level last November in the series between South Africa and Bangladesh, will have stood in thirty-one ODIs at the end of the five-match series, while match referee Ranjan Madugalle will build further on his ODI record, taking it to 226 games.  

Gould's on-field colleagues during the matches in Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth are likely to either come from Australia's members of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) second-tier International Umpires Panel (IUP), Bruce Oxenford, Rod Tucker and Paul Reiffel, or perhaps the country's three umpires on the ICC's Elite Umpires Panel Steve Davis, Daryl Harper oR Simon Taufel.

Llong, whose first two Tests were in the series between New Zealand and Bangladesh last January, officiated in the three-match ODI series between South Africa and Bangladesh in November.  Bucknor, his on-field colleague for the Tests, will have umpired 126 such matches by the time the series ends next week, games that may well be his last at that level of the game as reports last year indicated that he planned to retire from the ICC's Elite panel when his current contract ends in April.  Jeff Crowe from New Zealand is the match referee for the current series, his twenty-eight and twenty-ninth Tests in that role.

Following the Test series, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe are to play a three-match round-robin set of ODIs in Mirpur, and Billy Doctrove of the West Indies, who officiated in the Second Test between Australia and South Africa at the MCG this week being the 'nuetral' umpire for those games plus a final.  Alan Hurst of Australia will be the match referee while Bangladeshi members of the IUP will work with Doctrove on to the field and in the third umpire's suite.




England was fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the first Test against India played in Chennai in mid-December, match referee Jeff Crowe of New Zealand imposing the censure after the team was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with International Cricket Council Code of Conduct regulations governing over-rate penalties, England captain Kevin Pietersen was fined ten per cent of his match fee and his players five per cent. 






The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reduced from three to two the number of unsuccessful referrals each team will be allowed during an innings in the next phase of trials of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS).  The ICC said in a statement yesterday that the reduction has been agreed to following feedback from players and officials and is aimed at reducing what it described as "frivolous" referrals from players, however, captains will still have access to an unlimited number of 'successful' referrals during an innings. 

David Richardson, the ICC's cricket manager, says that "the fact that each side is now allowed only two unsuccessful requests ... should mean that players will not make frivolous challenges and, instead, only seek a referral to decisions that, it is quickly clear, are highly likely to be incorrect".  

In his view "by seeking to reduce these potentially contentious decisions we believe we can help remove a source of tension and frustration among players and spectators as well as any resultant pressure on umpires".  “Our Elite and International Panel umpires already ensure the vast majority of decisions made in any Test or One Day International are correct but we want to see if we can enhance the game further by reducing or removing the few clearly incorrect ones", he continued.

The trimmed version will be used in the West Indies four-Test series against England which gets underway in Jamaica next Wednesday (E-News 364-1939 below).  It is believed that if feedback from the first two Tests is "positive", it will be used in in South Africa's three Test series against Australia which is due to get underway in Johannesburg late next month.




New Zealand international match referee Jeff Crowe, who is managing the five-match One Day International (ODI) series between Kenya and Zimbabwe, will officiate in his 100th ODI in that role during the third match of the series which is to be played in Nairobi tomorrow.  Crowe reaches his 'ton' less than five years after his debut as an official in that form of the game in the West Indies in April 2004, and he went on to work as the match referee in the World Cup final there in April 2007.

Tyron Wijewardene a Sri Lankan member of the International Cricket Council's second-tier International Umpires Panel is the 'neutral' umpire for the series with "local" officials in Kenya filling the other umpiring spots.  Wijewardene has umpired in thirteen previous ODIs in Africa previously, five of them being in a similar five-match series between Kenya and Zimbabwe when the latter was the home team.  He will return to Sri Lanka next month with a total of forty-eight ODIs under his belt to add to his four Tests, two at home and the others in Pakistan and Bangladesh.




South African international umpire Rudi Koetzen will take one step closer to reaching the 100 Test match milestone when he takes the field for the First Test between the West Indies and England in Jamaica next Wednesday.  Koertzen, along with Australia's Daryl Harper, Pakistan's Aleem Dar, Sri Lanka's Asoka de Silva and Zimbabwe's Russell Tiffin will officiate in the four Tests with Australia's Alan Hurst as the match referee, the series being the third in which the International Cricket Council's Umpire Decision Review System (URDS) will be trialed (E-News 364-1937 above).

Next week's opening Test will be Koertzen's ninety-eighth in that form of the game, and he will then stay on and work as the television official in the Second Test in Antigua in two weeks time.  The South African has been involved, in both on-field and off-field capacities, during the two previous UDRS trails in Sri Lanka and New Zealand over the last six months.  The Antigua game will be his eighteenth as the third umpire in a Test.

de Silva will be Koertzen's colleague on the ground in Jamaica next week while Harper will be the third official.  When the South African moves to the television suite for the Second Test, Harper will join de Silva out in the middle.  Harper will be back as the third umpire for the Third Test in Barbados, a game that will see Dar and Tiffin as the on-field umpires.  The Australian and Tiffin will look after the Fourth Test in Trinidad with Dar looking after referrals in the stands.

The series will take Harper's Test record to seventy-nine on the field and just eight in the television suite, while Dar's record will be fifty-six and four respectively (the last of the latter being in September 2003), Tiffin's forty-four and de Silva's thirty-nine.  For Hurst his Test tally as a match referee will stand at twenty-six once the series is completed.

After working in the last two Tests Dar will stay on for the five match One Day International (ODI) series between the two sides during the last half of March, India's Javagal Srinath being the match referee and West Indian members of the ICC's second-tier International Umpires Panel filling the second on-field as well as the television positions.  The series will take Dar's ODI record to 117 matches and Srinath's to fifty-six.    




West Indian international umpire Steve Bucknor has been named as the 'neutral' umpire for the five match One Day International (ODI) series between Australia and New Zealand that gets underway in Perth on Sunday.  Buckor, who has  stood in the last five World Cup finals and may well be officiating for the last time in Australia prior to his retirement in a few months, will take his ODI record to 179 matches by the end of the series.  

As of last night Cricket Australia had not announced who Bucknor's on field and television colleagues will be for the matches in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane, candidates being local members of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) second-tier International Umpires Panel, Bruce Oxenford, Rod Tucker and Paul Reiffel, and Australian members of the ICC's Elite Umpires Panel (EUP) Simon Taufel and Steve Davis.  Australia's other member on the EUP, Daryl Harper, will be in the West Indies for five weeks for the Test series between the home side and England (E-News 364-1939 above).  

Roshan Mahanama of Sri Lanka is the match referee for the series, the games taking his ODI record in that role to 111. 




Former Sri Lankan Test and One Day International (ODI) player Kumar Dharmasena stood in his first One Day International (ODI) on Wednesday in the opening match of the five game series between Sri Lanka and India in Dambulla.  Dharmasena, who was controversely promoted to the third umpire position on the International Cricket Council's (ICC) second-tier International Umpires Panel (IUP) by Cricket Sri Lanka last year (E-News 279-1487, 18 July 2008), stood with Brian Jerling of South Africa, the ICC's 'neutral' umpire for the tournament.

Records available suggest that Dharmasena has been umpiring at senior level in Sri Lanka for a little over a year and is the second Sri Lankan Test cricketer to take up international umpiring after former spinner Asoka de Silva.   During his playing career from 1989-2006 he played 155 first-class games, thirty-one of them Tests, and 141 ODIs.  As his nation's third umpire on the IUP, his debut came ahead of his on-field colleagues Gamini Silva and Tyrone Wijewardene.  de Silva, who is a member of the ICC's Elite Umpires Panel is in the West Indies (E-News 364-1739 above), Wijewardene is currently officiating in Africa (E-News 364-1938 above), while Silva was the third umpire for last Wednesday's game and may well stand with Jerling in some of the remaining games of the series.

Jerling, who is member on his nation's IUP contingent, will have taken his ODI record to seventy-five games by the time the series ends on Sunday week.  Match referee Chris Broad of England will see his ODI tally in that role move on to 141 games, a number that has been reached in just over five years.




Three umpires, two from Sri Lanka and another from South Africa are currently involved in exchange programs on the sub-continent, according to newspaper reports over the last few days.

Two Sri Lankan umpires, Gamini Dissanayake and Rohitha Kottahachchi, are standing in domestic first class matches in Pakistan under an exchange agreement established between the Pakistan and Sri Lankan Cricket Boards says Lahore's 'Daily Times'.  Prior to travelling to Pakistan Dissanayake had officiated in ninety-seven first class games at home and Kottahachchi fifty-seven.  They are said to be umpiring four matches each during their stay, possibly standing with a local in each match, but there is no indication as yet as to when their Pakistani counterparts will travel in the other direction.

India's 'Daily News and Analysis' (DNA) web site is reporting that Marias Erasmus, a South African member of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) second-tier International Umpires Panel, is officiating in a Duleep Trophy semi final in India and will also stand in the final of the competition which begins in Chennai next Thursday.  Erasmus, a former first class player who has previously been on exchange to New Zealand,  is seen by a number of observers as being a contender for promotion to the International Cricket Council's Elite Umpires Panel in April.  To date he has stood in thirty-seven first class matches, two of them in New Zealand, and the Indian matches will take that record to thirty-nine. 

The South African's visit is the second phase of an agreement between Cricket South Africa and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that saw Indian IUP member Suresh Shastri stand in two first class games in South Africa late last year.  The DNA report goes on to say that a discussion on the quality of umpiring was held by the BCCI's working committee earlier this month and that "it was decided that the Board should send the umpires to officiate in England and Australia" next year with "two umpires [to] be sent and invited".