TOTAL OF 11 EDITIONS PUBLISHED
(Story numbers 3425-3477)
• Match officials named for World Cup (699-3425).
• No UDRS for South African Tests, say reports (699-3426).
• BCCI approves 'home grown' target scores system for IPL-4 (699-3427).
• Adelaide man listed as world's 'longest serving' umpire (699-3428).
• Broken leg stops play (699-3429).
• Asian match officials supported Guangzhou games (699-3430).
• Discussions reported continuing in NZ umpires' pay dispute (700-3431).
• Weather curtails Oxenford's Sri Lanka visit (700-3432).
• MCC committee for two-day meeting in Perth (700-3433).
• Eight umpires named for national U17 tournament (700-3434).
• South African coach supports UDRS use in "all Tests" (700-3435).
• BCCI not proceeding with Ashes UDRS visit, say reports (701-3436).
• WA Association plans 'harder line' on player behaviour (701-3437).
• Two new faces on ECB Full list for 2011 (701-3438).
• CA revamps web site umpiring pages (701-3439).
702 - 16 December [3440-3443]
• Davis, Gould for opening SAf-India Test (702-3440).
• Former NUP member retires from 'all umpiring duties' (702-3441).
• Corruption rife in world cricket, claims defendant's lawyer (702-3442).
• Zimbabwe still weighing next IUP appointment? (702-3443).
703 - 19 December [3443-3450]
• Fry named for Adelaide ODI debut (703-3444).
• Kiwi EUP members for Bellerive ODI (703-3445).
• First Australia-England ODI Bowden's 150th (703-3446).
• Umpire shot, seriously injured, after match row (703-3447).
• UDRS use in NZ-Pakistan Test, ODI series reported in doubt (703-3448).
• Leave technology out of low catch decisions, says WCC (703-3449).
• Oxenford to return to Sri Lanka for Windies ODI series (703-3450).
704 - 20 December [3451-3454]
• Victorian side charged with ball tampering (704-3451).
• WCC 'encouraged' by Australian split-innings trial (704-3452).
• CA 'emerging' umpires together for Futures T20 event (704-3453).
• No 'Hot Spot' for World Cup, says company head (704-3454).
• Victorian player found guilty of ball tampering (705-3455).
• Harper to move to third on all-time Test match list (705-3456).
• More work needed on corruption issue, says MCC committee (705-3457).
• Four umpires named for SAf-India Tests, ODI series (705-3458).
• ICC chief hopeful of Indian change on UDRS use (705-3459).
706 - 22 December [3460-3465]
• Shillingford's bowling action found to be illegal (706-3460).
• WCC continues to push research into day-night Tests (706-3461).
• NSWCUSA expels Newcastle Umpires Association (706-3462).
• No UDRS for NZ Tests, claim Pakistan reports (706-3463).
• Meeting abandoned after discussion of 'unsavoury' match incidents sours (706-3464).
• LBW decision led to umpire shooting (706-3465).
• UDRS dropped from NZ-Pakistan Tests, ODI series (707-3466).
• Side looses match, lodges complaint about umpires (707-3467).
• Second Indian added to ACC umpire training group (707-3468).
• Former Sydney umpire joins Leicestershire Board (707-3469).
• Request made to delay ICC spot fixing hearing (707-3470).
• English umpire set for work on Christmas Day (708-3471).
• Nogajski, Kumutat stand in main Futures T20 final (708-3472).
• ICC revises NZ Test appointments (708-3473).
• Australian skipper docked 40 per cent of match fee for dissent (709-3474).
• Umpires named for domestic T20 competition (709-3475).
• WICB backs Shillingford (709-3476).
• Commissioner rejects delay in spot fixing hearing (709-3477).
TCUSA E-NEWS NUMBER 699
Monday, 13 December 2010
MATCH OFFICIALS NAMED
FOR WORLD CUP
Six emerging international umpires were yesterday named in a 24-man match officials group who are to manage the one-day format World Cup on the sub-continent in February-March. Bruce Oxenford (Australia), Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), Amish Saheba and Shahvir Tarapore (both India), Richard Kettleborough and Nigel Llong (England), plus the International Cricket Council's (ICC) twelve-man Elite Umpires Panel and six match referees from a total of nine nations will take part in the event which begins in Bangladesh on 19 February.
The ICC says that the six, who are all members of the world body's second-tier International Umpires Panel (IUP), "have been identified as emerging and talented match officials, who have already officiated at international level with experience of conditions in the Asian sub-continent and are now ready to umpire at cricket’s flagship event". Enamul Hoque-Moni of Bangladesh, another IUP member, has been named as the reserve umpire for the tournament and will officiate during the warm-up phase and will be available, should it be required, for the event proper.
The full list of umpires is: Steve Davis, Daryl Harper, Simon Taufel and Rod Tucker (Australia); Billy Bowden and Tony Hill (New Zealand), Aleem Dar and Asad Rauf (Pakistan); Billy Doctrove (West Indies); Marais Erasmus (South Africa); Ian Gould (England); and Asoka de Silva (Sri Lanka), plus Dharmasena, Kettleborough, Llong, Oxenford, Saheba and Tarapore. The match referees will be: Chris Broad (England); Ranjan Madugalle and Roshan Mahanama (both Sri Lanka); Jeff Crowe (New Zealand); and Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe).
Umpires for the event were selected by the ICC's umpire selection panel which consists of Madugalle who is the ICC's Chief Match Referee, South African David Richardson (ICC General Manager Cricket), David Lloyd from England (a former player, coach, umpire and now television commentator), and India's Srinivas Venkataraghavan (another former international player and umpire).
NO UDRS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN
TESTS, SAY REPORTS
The Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will not be used in the three Test series between South Africa and India which is due to get underway in Johannesburg this Thursday, if comments attributed to Ratnakar Shetty, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Chief Administrative Manager over the weekend are correct. Indian press reports says that the International Cricket Council (ICC) "had left it to the two cricket boards", the BCCI and Cricket South Africa to deal with the issue but that the BCCI had opposed the system's use.
The BCCI and some of the country's senior players like such as M S Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar have been opposed to the system since their first experience with it in Sri Lankas two years ago. However, two other top Indian cricketers, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag, have publicly supported the referral system in recent months, and the BCCI was planning to send representatives to observe UDRS use during the first two Ashes Tests. There has been no publicity in recent weeks about the latter visit and what the views of those who were involved in it are not known.
If the reports from India are correct the ICC will only need to appoint two on-field umpires for each of the Tests. Officials for the games have yet to be named, possibly because the ICC has had to adjust what would have been a three-man allocation to each match, however, without the UDRS South African members of the world body's second-tier International Umpires Panel will now fill the third umpire positions.
BCCI APPROVES 'HOME GROWN'
TARGET SCORES SYSTEM FOR IPL-4
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has approved a home grown target scores computing system for use in deciding the result of rain-affected matches in next year's Indian Premier League series (IPL-4), say press reports from the sub-continent over the weekend. The system, which has been developed by Kerala-based engineer V. Jayadevan, is "applicable in both one-day and Twenty20 forms of cricket" and the BCCI is said to be planning to brief the International Cricket Council on the new system.
Jayadevan, 46, a civil engineer who holds a Master's degree in building technology from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, is currently a deputy director at the Kerala Engineering Research Institute. He told a journalist that he "accidentally developed" an alternative to the Duckworth-Lewis [D-L] mathematical formula after starting work on the issue a decade ago but that it was "only recently" that he received financial assistance from the BCCI for his work.
"The D-L formula uses a concept of resources available and resources used, while my model employs the concept of normal and target scores", says the Engineer, his method being "capable of satisfactorily handling any number of interruptions during any stage of a the game". "Over the years, I have made modifications in my model and the one that is going to be used in the IPL is the model I fine tuned in 2007" said Jayadevan, the BCCI having used the system "in about 30 domestic matches" since that time.
Jayadevan said that he made a presentation on his system, which is called the "VJD", to the BCCI's technical committee meeting in Chennai last Friday. "I spent half an hour with the committee headed by former India captain Sunil Gavaskar and answered queries and was then told that my system would be put into practice in [next year's] IPL", he said.
ADELAIDE MAN LISTED AS WORLD'S
'LONGEST SERVING' UMPIRE
The 'Guinness Book of Records' (GBR) recently recognised recently retired 80-year-old Adelaide umpire Dean Groves as the world's “Most Durable” umpire for the 55 years he has spent in the middle, according to last week's edition of the 'Adelaide News'. Groves took up umpiring at the age of 25 after a leg injury curtailed his playing career, and he retired earlier this year after umpiring with the Adelaide Turf Cricket Association (ATCA) for 33 years, the Wide Bay Cricket Association in Queensland for 20 years, and Adelaide’s now-defunct Independent Central Cricket Association for two.
In addition to his Saturday vocation with the ATCA, Groves umpired on Sundays with Adelaide's Hills Cricket Association for 25 years and also spent 30 years overseeing country and school cricket carnivals. He told the 'News that he “would take annual leave and long service leave to umpire at the carnivals", for he "just loved it all so much [for] being an umpire is unlike being a batsman or a bowler as you’re involved in every single ball of the game". However, in recent years he "found the heat was getting to [him]" and after he collapsed last year in 44 degree heat and had to go to hospital his family convinced him "it was time to call stumps" on his career.
Over the years Groves has "heard every sledge in the book" but "mostly I just let it go over my head [for] it’s better not to get involved", he said. As a result he “only ever reported one person in my whole 55 years of umpiring". According to the octagenarian editors at the GBR "had to go through England, Pakistan, New Zealand and the West Indies" to check his claim to be the world's longest serving umpire" says the 'News' story.
BROKEN LEG STOPS PLAY
A player broke his leg in an on-field collision during a match in Johannesburg late last month. Kyle Wilson, 21, who is in his first season with Border, was fielding a one-day Provincial game against Gauteng and collided with team-mate Lucky Pangabantu as they sprinted to try and catch a lofted straight drive, converging from long-on and long-off respectively with eyes only on the ball. Umpires Lourens Engelbrecht and Jack Morton had to stop play for some time so that assistance could be given to Wilson and arrangements made to take him to hospital.
ASIAN MATCH OFFICIALS SUPPORTED
Nineteen match officials, twelve umpires, four match referees and three scorers from seven nations were used for the Twenty20 women's and men's tournament played during the 16th Asian Games that ended in Guangzhou, China, late last month. Eight women's teams from Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan and Thailand, and nine men's from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, took part in the respective 14 and 12-game competitions.
Nine umpires were used for the men's tournament and they plus three others also stood in the women's event, while the match referees and scorers looked after both competitions. The umpires involved in the men's event were: Buddhi Pradhan (Nepal); Viswanaoan Kalidas and Narayanan Sivan (Malaysia); Sarika Prasad and Mosur Ramesh (Singapore); plus four from China, Jingmin Liu, Li Zhen, Lin Chen and Sun Jianxin; the latter's countrymen L Jian , Liu Jingmin and W Yi taking part in the women's event. The match referees for both competitions were: Charlie Chelliah (Malaysia); Aminul Islam (Bangladesh); Rumesh Ratnayake (Sri Lanka); and Iqbal Sikander (Pakistan), and the three scorers listed were: Maznah Maulod (Singapore); Norasyika Othman (Malaysia); and B Xiaohan (China).
Pradhan and Prasad are members of the International Cricket Council's third-tier Associate and Affiliate Panel, while referee Islam played 13 Tests and 39 One Day Internationals (ODI) for his country in the period from 1988-2002, Ratnayake 23 Tests and 70 ODIs from 1982-99, and Sikander 189 first class matches in Pakistan from 1976-2000. Pradhan and Prasad stood in both the women's and men's finals with Ratnayake as the match referee.
TCUSA E-NEWS NUMBER 700
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
DISCUSSIONS REPORTED CONTINUING IN
NZ UMPIRES' PAY DISPUTE
New Zealand's top umpires last week considered going on strike in the opening round of the domestic Twenty20 competition over pay concerns, says a report published in Wellington's 'The Dominion Post'. Rather than strike though the umpires decided to hire a professional negotiator to renegotiate their contracts with New Zealand Cricket's (NZC) chief executive Justin Vaughan, however, journalist Jonathan Millmow is of the view that a strike "cannot be ruled out at some stage of the season" ahead.
NZC's 2010-11 Elite Umpires Panel (EUP) is made up of Gary Baxter, Barry Frost, Chris Gaffaney, Evan Gray, Phil Jones, Tim Parlane, Derek Walker and Evan Watkin, plus Tony Hill and 'Billy' Bowden of the International Cricket Council's own EUP (E-News 684-3354, 19 October 2010). Baxter, Frost, Gaffaney, Gray, Jones, Parlane, Walker and Watkin are said to earn around $A30,000 for their work each summer, a figure that is made up of their individual NZC retainers and match payments. A "leaked" e-mail seen by the 'Post' is said to indicate that umpire earnings "have stood still in the booming Twenty20 era while players' pockets have swelled", match officials not having had a pay rise for five years.
Millmow states that EUP members had "run out of patience" with NZC over pay issues. He says that the umpires are of the view that "all the money is going to the players and none to those that stand in the middle" and that they have already backed down on their original pay demand but that the NZC has not changed its position regarding remuneration.
When approached for comment by the 'Post' Vaughan, who Millmow writes has not answered a letter from the umpires about the matter, said discussions were "ongoing" and "it was not appropriate to comment further", while NZC's umpire manager Rodger McHarg also reportedly declined to comment. Former Test spinner turned umpire Gray was also approached but he too refused to discuss the situation as did Frost, who is said to be the "umpires' spokesman on the subject".
New Zealand Cricket Players' Association chief Heath Mills, who is said to be "uncomfortable when players and umpires contracts are compared but he accepts it is unavoidable in this instance", confirmed that the umpires and NZC are in dispute. "I'm aware they are in discussions with NZC about their contracting environment and it's important they are looked after given the role they have in the game", Mills said, but "strike action must be avoided at all costs". The situation he says "illustrates the [NZC-umpires] relationship is not great and needs some work", but "hopefully, common sense prevails and NZC and the umpires [will] get around the table and create some sort of contract or environment that everyone is happy with".
NZC's six team, 31-match T20 competition got under way two weeks ago and the final is scheduled for January the second. Apart from Bowden and Hill, the other eight EUP members have all been involved in the twelve twenty-over matches played up until last Sunday. After that the 28-match one-day domestic series will be played up until mid-February, then the final 21 matches in NZC's first class competition, the Plunket Shield, will be played up until the end of the season in early April.
Between Boxing Dat and early February there will also be 11 internationals played between the home side and Pakistan, three Twenty20s, two Tests and six One Day Internationals (ODI). As members of the International Cricket Council's second-tier International Umpires Panel (IUP), Baxter, Gaffaney and Frost and possibly Bowden and Hill are likely to be candidates for the T20s and ODIs, and the IUP members as fourth umpires in the Tests.
WEATHER CURTAILS OXENFORD'S
SRI LANKA VISIT
Persistent poor weather has put rather a dampener on Australian umpire Bruce Oxenford's visit to Sri Lanka over the last few weeks, with his debut Test in Kandy between the home side and the West Indies being limited to just 103.3 overs over five days because of rain, and the five-match One Day International (ODI) series that followed, in which he was the neutral umpire, being postponed because of widespread wet conditions (E-News 698-3418, 16 November 2010).
The Boards of both teams are reported to have reschedule the ODI series to late January, however, only three matches will now be played instead of the original five. An announcement has not yet been made as to whether Queenslander Oxenford will return to Sri Lanka for those games, although he will be in the region in February-March for the World Cup (E-News 699-3425, 13 December 2010).
Long-term climate data indicates that many areas on the island nation receive an average of around 200 mm of rainfall in December, with precipitation being expected on 14 days during that month. However, in the period from January to March the monthly rainfall figure drops to around 80 mm, it occurring on average over just 5-6 days.
MCC COMMITTEE FOR TWO-DAY
MEETING IN PERTH
The Marylebone Cricket Club's (MCC) World Cricket Committee is to discuss "the governance of the game, cricket in Pakistan, and the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Future Tours Program (FTP), the glass ceiling for Associate nations such as Ireland and Afghanistan and the use of technology" and other matters during a two-day meeting that is to get underway in Perth today ahead of the third Test between England and Australia.
The MCC says that during the meeting former ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed will introduce a discussion on the governance of the worldwide game, Pakistani Committee Member Majid Khan will provide an update on the state of cricket in his country, while Mike Brearley, who is also a member of the ICC’s Pakistan Task Force, will summarise that latest findings of that group.
The World Test Championship concept, long championed by the Committee and agreed to recently by the ICC (E-News 682-3350, 15 October 2010), will be discussed as part of the FTP discussion as will potential fixture congestion and problems being faced the Indian Premier League and the impact that competition has on cricket around the world. Australian representatives Steve Waugh and Tony Dodemaide are to update the WCC on the split-innings one-day format that Cricket Australia currently has under trial in its domestic competition (E-News 668-3281, 16 September 2010).
The 19-person WCC, which is made up of former and current cricketers and officials from across the world, has met twice a year since its inception in 2006, with previous meetings being hosted in Cape Town, Delhi and Dubai, as well as at Lord’s. The group's debates and decisions are made "solely in the interest of cricket and cricketers and Membership is voluntary and unpaid", says the MCC. The committee conducts research, particularly into technological advances and bio-mechanical elements of the game, work that the MCC funds as part of its commitment to develop cricket worldwide.
EIGHT UMPIRES NAMED FOR
NATIONAL U17 TOURNAMENT
Cricket Australia has named eight umpires, one from each State and Territory, for the men's national Under 17 tournament that is to be played in Hobart early in the New Year. The eight are: Ben Treloar (New South Wales); Craig Hoffman (Queensland); Tom McLeod (South Australia); Jamie Mitchell (Tasmania); Ange Sammartino (Victoria); Matthew Hall (Western Australia); Damien Eason (Australian Capital Territory); and Aaron Lund (Northern Territory).
SOUTH AFRICAN COACH SUPPORTS
UDRS USE IN "ALL TESTS"
South Africa coach Corrie van Zyl has called for the Umpire Decision Referral System (UDRS) to be used in all Test cricket. The system will not be used during South Africa's three-Test series against India which starts in Johannesburg on Thursday (E-News 699-3426, 13 February 2010), and Van Zyl said yesterday that "it would be fair and good for Test cricket" for it to be used "throughout". In his view "it's difficult to see a referral system used in one Test series and not in another", however, India's Board and some of its players are still not convinced about its usefulness.
TCUSA E-NEWS NUMBER 701
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
BCCI NOT PROCEEDING WITH ASHES
UDRS VISIT, SAY REPORTS
Plans for representatives of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to visit Australia during the Ashes series to study the operation of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) have been scrapped, if media reports from India yesterday are correct. The BCCI recently vetoed UDRS use during the Test series against South Africa which starts tomorrow (E-News 699-3426, 13 December 2010), and BCCI president Shashank Manohar was quoted this week as saying that India will also oppose the system's use during India’s tour of England in July-August next year, although no mention was made of their series in the West Indies that precedes it.
Manohar made no comment on Monday about the UDRS-related visit to Australia that was announced in October (E-News 682-3348, 15 October 2010), instead telling journalists in Pune about "a presentation" on the UDRS that was "recently" given to him, Board secretary N. Srinivasan and India's umpiring chief Srinivas Venkatraghavan; the latter also being a member of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) umpire selection panel. The BCCI head was quoted as saying that the information provided during that briefing did "not convince" the three about the technology involved, however, just who gave the presentation and what aspects were discussed was not spelt out in press reports from the sub-continent.
The BCCI and a number of senior members of its national squad have been opposed to the UDRS since the side was on the wrong side of the referrals ledger during the very first UDRS trial two years ago (E-News 288-1526, 1 August 2008), although there have been signs of late that some players are now in favour of its use (E-News 679-3333, 8 October 2010). The latest developments suggests, however, that despite on-going pressure from the International Cricket Council and attempts by the likes of Cricket Australia to encourage the BCCI to change its position have not borne fruit.
Late last month in India's home Test series against New Zealand saw controversy again erupt in media circles from both nations about a number of umpiring decisions that television replays showed were incorrect. Because of the BCCI's opposition the UDRS was not used during that series, and this led Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to call on the umpires to minimise their errors (E-News 693-3400, 5 November 2010). That didn't mean though said Dhoni that the UDRS should be used although "maybe we can wait and get to a position where we are really comfortable with using the review system". "If we can get something that’s as close to a 'Hot-Spot', which more or less gives the correct decision, I will be very happy", he said.
Meanwhile the ICC's chief executive Haroon Lorgat says that current UDRS arrangement could undergo further changes, but will never be perfect. Lorgat told the Australian Associated Press that "from the start we've always had a very open mind about the referral system and we are always open to changes that can make the system better". "More and more people are being won over to the system after having seen it or used it", he continued, but "there are still a few people who are not supportive of it".
Lorgat stressed that the system's purpose was to rectify "glaring umpiring errors", and cited English batsman Alastair Cook's calling for a referral in the recent Adelaide Test against being given out caught-behind. "It is not there to get a wicket when you are struggling to find one, it is there to fix the obvious errors", said the ICC chief, and that "Cook's referral on the fourth day when he was given out caught behind off his arm was a classic example. "That's exactly what it is for, and I'm quite confident we are near to the ideal [although] we will never have it 100% right".
WA ASSOCIATION PLANS 'HARDER
LINE' ON PLAYER BEHAVIOUR
Players in the Western Australian Suburban Turf Cricket Association (WASTCA) are being monitored closely this season to try and ensure they conduct themselves appropriately during games, says advice posted on the Association's web site. Areas of concern for the board are the use of offensive language, questioning or disputing an umpire’s decision, an excessive number of frivolous or ridiculous appeals, actions of dismissed batsmen, or the “send offs” given to a batsman by the bowler or members of the fielding side.
The WASTCA web site says that “whether or not such behaviour is evident in international or interstate cricket or whether the language used is considered ‘acceptable’ by today's society is of little concern to WASTCA". The Association says that it "is primarily interested in having all cricket under its control played within the spirit and traditions of the game" and warned that it is taking a harder line on bad behaviour this year than may have been the case in previous seasons.
TWO NEW FACES ON ECB
FULL LIST FOR 2011
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has promoted two umpires to its top domestic umpiring panel for 2011 from its Reserve List to replace long-serving members Barry Dudleston and Vanburn Holder who retired at the end of this year's northern summer season (E-News 666-3279, ). Steve Gale and Steve O'Shaughnessy join the ECB's Full List, and Alex Wharf, Billy Taylor and Russell Evans the second-tier Reserve List, four of those five being former first class players in a continuation of long-term English umpiring tradition.
O'Shaughnessy, 49, played a total of 112 first-class matches for Lancashire and Worcestershire from 1980-1989 plus 177 List A games from 1980-2003, and has been umpiring since 2007. Gale, 58, who has been on the Reserve List for the past three years, played with Minor Counties side Shropshire from 1975-1987. Gale stood in six first class matches during the 2010 season in England and O'Shaughnessy two, for a total of nine and four respectively to date.
Wharf, 35, played for Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Glamorgan during a 15-year career that ended in June last year. During that time he played 121 first class matches, 155 List A and 34 Twenty20s at Country level, as well as 13 One Day Internationals for England. Taylor, 33, who also retired last year, played 54 first class, 142 List A and 37 Twenty20s over an 11-year period with Sussex and Hampshire and appears to have commenced umpiring earlier this year. Evans, 45, was contracted by Nottinghamshire between 1985 and 1990, a period in which he played seven first class and 16 List A games.
The ECB's full list for 2010: is Rob Bailey, Neil Bainton, Martin Bodenham, Nick Cook, Nigel Cowley, Jeff Evans, Steve Gale, Steve Garratt, Michael Gough, Ian Gould, Peter Hartley, Richard Illingworth, Trevor Jesty, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Jeremy Lloyds, Neil Mallender, David Millns, Steve O'Shaughnessy,Tim Robinson, George Sharp, John Steele and Peter Willey. The Reserve List is: Paul Baldwin, Ismail Dawood, Mark Eggleston, Russell Evans, Andy Hicks, Graham Lloyd, Steve Malone, Martin Saggers, Billy Taylor and Alex Wharf. Keith Coburn, 51, who appears to have been dropped from the Reserve List, stood in just one first class, three List A and one Twenty20 match at full County level in 2010.
In announcing the changes, ECB umpires' manager, Chris Kelly said: "We are pleased to welcome both Steve Gale and Steve O'Shaughnessy onto the Full List for 2011. Their commitment and attitude on the Reserve List has been outstanding and their promotion is the result of some exceptional performances in County Championship matches". Welcoming Evans, Taylor and Wharf, Kelly said that "there is now plenty of competition for places on the Reserve List and these three have shown that they are in an excellent position to take their officiating forward".
CA REVAMPS WEB SITE
Cricket Australia has revamped the umpiring section of its web site, the main feature being a fast-action video showing some of the nation's top umpires in action. The site, which had not been changed for several years and was out of date in many areas, now features separate pages on such matters as 'Why Umpire?', 'Scoring', 'Accreditation', 'Resources' available, links to the Laws of Cricket and international and Australian Playing Conditions, profiles of the nation's current senior umpires and contact information for umpiring and scoring in the various States and Territories. The refurbished site can be viewed at: http://www.cricket.com.au/umpiring
DAVIS, GOULD FOR OPENING
Australian Steve Davis and Ian Gould of England are to stand in the first Test between South Africa and India that is to get underway in Johannesburg late this afternoon Australian time, say media reports. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is yet to name either Davis or Gould or the match referee for the series, although the latter is thought to be Andy Pycroft from Zimbabwe, and with the Umpire Decision Review System not in use during the three Tests (E-News 699-3426, 13 December 2010), Shaun George, the newest South African member of the ICC's second-tier International Umpires Panel (IUP), is expected to work as the third umpire in a Test for the first time.
Davis, 58, will be standing in his thirtieth Test, fifth in South Africa and third at Centurion, while for Gould, 53, the match will be his seventeenth Test, third in South Africa and second at Centurion. If the ICC follows its recent practice for a three-Test series, the pair plus one other of the world body's Elite Umpires Panel, will share the six on-field positions over the three matches, the second of which is due to start in Durban on Boxing Day the third in Cape Town commencing on the second day of the New Year. Just who that additional umpire will be has not been announced at yet.
Meanwhile across the Indian Ocean to the east, Australian IUP member Bruce Oxenford, who returned early from Sri Lanka early following the deferral of the One Day International series there between the home side and the West Indies (E-News 700-3432, 14 December 2010), has been named as the fourth umpire for the Third Test between Australia and England which is to start in Perth today. Oxenford's IUP colleague Paul Reiffel was originally appointed to the position in Perth.
Oxenford, 50, will support on-field umpires Marais Erasmus, 46, of South Africa and Billy Doctrove, 55, of the West Indies, plus third umpire Aleem Dar, 42, of Pakistan and match referee Jeff Crowe, 52, of New Zealand (E-News 695-3408, 12 November 2010). Doctrove will be standing in his thirty-first Test, eighth in Australia and second in Perth, Erasmus in his fifth Test and second in Australia, while for Dar it will be his seventh as a television umpire in a Test, and Crowe his forty-fifth as a Test match referee.
FORMER NUP MEMBER RETIRES
'FROM ALL UMPIRING DUTIES'
Western Australian umpire Jeff Brookes, who was a member of the National Umpiring Panel (NUP) for five years up until May this year (E-News 611-3066, 25 May 2010), has retired "from all umpiring duties", says Cricket Australia (CA). Brookes, who turns 48 next month, stood in 20 first class matches, 26 List A and six Twenty20 at senior interstate level in Australia over the six year period that ended in February this year.
Following his departure from the NUP, Brookes officiated in a number of second-tier men's and women's representative matches in the Perth area earlier this season, including a Futures League State Second XI match (E-News 677-3324, 5 October 2010), but his retirement now is related to a move to the far northern WA town of Karratha for work.
CA made no mention of Brookes' omission from the NUP when it announced the 2010-11 panel last May, however, the national body's Umpire Manager Sean Cary said on announcing his retirement yesterday that he "would like to take [the] opportunity [to] thank Jeff for his outstanding contribution to Umpiring in Australia and wish him every success in his new [work] position". Karratha is best known for its iron ore industry, but its location some 1,500 km north-east of Perth, Brookes' current home, precludes him from continuing to officiate in Grade cricket in the Perth region.
Perth-born Brookes had been named to stand in the one-day tour match between the England and West Australian women's sides in Perth on 3 January and the Australia-England women's One Day International (ODI) there six days later. Cary says that WA umpires Dean Trigg and Todd Rann will replace him in the first and second matches respectively.
Rann has previously stood in an ODI between the Under 19 sides from Australia and India, 23 Womens National Cricket League fixtures, four women's interstate Twenty20 games, two men's Under 17 national tournaments and two National Country Cricket Championship events and four Futures League State Second XI matches, as well as other representative games over the past decade.
'CORRUPTION RIFE' IN WORLD CRICKET,
CLAIMS DEFENDANTS' LAWYER
One of the lawyers assisting former Pakistan captain Salman Butt who is under investigation over allegations of spot-fixing in a Test in England in August, says "corruption is rife in world cricket" and that he has evidence that "will make your hair stand on end", says an Agence Francaise Presse report distributed yesterday. Butt, together with Pakistan seamers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer are to appear before a hearing by an independent tribunal in Doha that is scheduled to be held over six days starting on 6 January (E-News 646-3417, 15 November 2010).
Aftab Gul, a member of Butt's legal team, made the comments in an interview with Sky Sports News, adding that the biggest form of corruption in the game at the present time is spot fixing, because "it is much easier" than other possibilities that exist. In August, British tabloid 'The News of the World' accused Aamer and Asif of bowling no-balls to order during the Fourth Test against England, with Butt alleged to be conducting events as captain. Butt said at the time that he hadn't "done anything such as this in all my life and all my cricket career", and that he did not believe his team-mates were corrupt.
When questioned by journalists as to whether corruption was a problem in Pakistan cricket, Butt said: "If it is there it should be erased". "But it does exist all over the world, it happens everywhere, name any sport, any department of life and there are people who are trying to dodge other people and as individuals the best thing we can do is try ourselves not to indulge in it".
ZIMBABWE STILL WEIGHING NEXT
Zimbabwe Cricket appears to still be weighing just which of its umpires will take up the vacant third umpire position on the international Cricket Council's (ICC) second-tier International Umpires Panel (IUP), if the world body's latest IUP listing for 2010-11 is any guide. As expected long-serving Russel Tiffin, 51, and relative newcomer Owen Chirombe, 37, the latter who replaced Kevan Barbour, 61, soon after he resigned this time last year (E-News 534-2737, 17 December 2009), occupy ZC's two on-field positions on the IUP, but the third umpire slot is labelled 'to be advised".
Appointments to date during the current season in Zimbabwe suggest that three umpires, Jerry Matibiri, 39, who has twice umpired in Hobart during visits to Tasmania, Langton Rusere, 25, and Taurai Tapfumaneyi, 38, are in the mix for the vacant IUP spot. Matibiri has stood in 30 first class matches to date, seven of them being this season, while Rusere has 25 such games under his belt, five of them this season, and Tapfumaneyi a total of 43, but only two this season so far.
The long-awaited up-date of IUP appointments for 2010-11 on the ICC's web site indicates that India has now joined the West Indies in having two third umpires on the IUP. Sudhir Asnani, 50, has been nominated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India as that nation's second television umpire alongside Sanjay Hazare, 49, the nation's two on-field IUP members being Amish Shaheba, 51, and Shavir Tarapore, 53, who are both to stand in next year's one-day World Cup (E-News 699-3425, 13 December 2010).
The West Indies panel of four, on-field umpires Clyde Duncan and Norman Malcolm plus third umpires Goalande Greaves and Clancy Mack, are unchanged from last year although there are signs younger umpires are being groomed for IUP service in the short to medium term (E-News 694-3405, 9 november 2010).
The ICC's latest listings indicate that the IUP memberships in Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa are as as reported in this newsletter over recent months.
FRY NAMED FOR ADELAIDE
Australian umpire Simon Fry, who was appointed to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) second-tier International Umpires Panel (IUP) as a third umpire six months ago (E-News 618-3097, 8 June 2010), has been named to stand in his first One Day International (ODI) in the fourth match of the seven-game ODI series between Australia and England at the Adelaide Oval on Australia Day. Adelaide-based Fry, 44, has been named for the series along with eight other umpires and two match referees from a total of six nations, the ICC appointing two neutral umpires to each game because the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS), which until now has been limited to Test matches, will feature in ODIs for the first time ahead of its use in next year's World Cup.
Of the eight umpires, four are Australians who have been appointed by Cricket Australia, IUP members Bruce Oxenford, one match on the field, Paul Reiffel six matches, three on the field and three as fourth umpire (3/3), Fry (1/4), and ICC Elite Umpire Panel (EUP) members Daryl Harper and Rod Tucker with one match each on the field. The neutrals, who will occupy either on-field or third umpire positions, the latter because of UDRS use, are EUP members 'Billy' Bowden and Tony Hill of New Zealand (2/2 and 1/2 respectively), Marias Erasmus of South Africa (2/2) and Asad Rauf of Pakistan (2/1), while the ICC's chief match referee Rajan Madugalle of Sri Lanka will oversee one match and Javagal Srinath of India the other six.
Fry's actual on-field debut in a senior international will occur two weeks before the Adelaide ODI, when he stands in the opening 'Ashes' Twenty20 International with Oxenford on 12 January, again at the Adelaide Oval. Reiffel will be the third umpire for that game and Western Australian member of the National Umpires Panel (NUP) Paul Wilson the fourth and Madugalle the match referee. Oxenford and Reiffel will be on the field for match two at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with Fry the third umpire and Victorian NUP member Geoff Joshua the fourth and Madugalle again the referee.
The South Australian's first representative games came late in 2000 in a men's Under-19 championship series played in Hobart, and he broke into senior ranks in January 2001 in a one-day interstate match. He made his debut at first class level in January 2002 and has since gone on to stand in 44 such matches, everyone of them in the Sheffieid Shield competition, including the 2009-10 final (E-News 585-2949, 15 March 2010), seven of them being at Bellerive. Fry's List A record now stands at 38 while he has 11 matches in the interstate Twenty20 competition, the last of the latter a final of the 2009-10 series (E-News 553-2818, 20 January 2010). Amongst his other achievements are a men's Under-19 Test and matches in an ICC World Cricket League tournament.
KIWI EUP MEMBERS FOR
The two current New Zealand members of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Elite Umpires Panel (EUP), 'Billy' Bowden and Tony Hill, along with match referee Javagal Srinath of India, will officiate in the Australia-England One Day International (ODI) set for Bellerive on 21 January (E-News 703-3444 above). Hill will be on the field for the first time in Tasmania in what will be his seventy-seventh ODI, his partner being Australian member of the ICC's second-tier International Umpires Panel (IUP) Paul Reiffel for whom its his sixth as an umpire, while for Srinath its his ninety-fourth as a referee, and Bowden his forty-third as an ODI television umpire.
Next month's match, which will see Reiffel's IUP colleague Simon Fry working as the fourth umpire, will be the twenty-seventh ODI played at Bellerive since the inaugural game in January 1988 in that year's one-day World Cup. While it will be Hill's first visit, Bowden has worked at Bellerive once before, standing with Australian EUP member Daryl Harper in January 2005 in an Australia-Pakistan ODI. Srinath is no stranger to the ground, having been there for last February's Australia-Windies Twenty20 International, and prior to that twice as a player, once in an ODI in 1991 and another in January 2000.
Scorers for the Australian-England match are yet to be announced.
ODI BOWDEN'S 150TH
Kiwi umpire 'Billy' Bowden, a member of the International Cricket Council's Elite Umpires Panel, will be standing in his 150th One Day International (ODI) when the seven-match series between Australia and England gets underway at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 16 January. Bowden, who made his ODI debut in Hamilton in March 1995, has since gone on to stand in the World Cups of 2003 and 2007, the Asia Cup series of 2004 and 2010, and the Champions Trophy tournaments in 2004, 2006 and 2009, along the way standing in stadiums located in 12 nations, the ten that have played Test cricket plus Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.
Bowden, who is known mostly by the general public for his unorthodox umpiring signals, will become the sixth person to notch up 150 ODIs. He will join Rudi Koertzen of South Africa, who retired earlier this year with a world record 209, another retiree Steve Bucknor from the West Indies who finished with 181, the late David Shepherd of England on 172, and the still active Daryl Harper and Simon Taufel of Australia who at the moment have 168 and 154 ODIs to their credit respectively. Harper has been listed to move up to 169 ODIs in the sixth Australia-England at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 2 February (E-News 703-3444 above).
UMPIRE SHOT, SERIOUSLY
INJURED, AFTER MATCH ROW
A row during a local match in India yesterday afternoon led to an umpire being critically injured after he was allegedly shot by a player, say media reports from the sub-continent. Umpire Amit Singh, who was rushed to Lucknow hospital for treatment, was said to have been shot by a player Ashish Singh who reportedly became agitated when one of his team mates was given out. Ashish is said to have fled the scene soon after the incident and Police have issued a warrant for his arrest.
UDRS USE IN NZ-PAKISTAN TEST,
ODI SERIES REPORTED IN DOUBT
New Zealand and Pakistan want to use the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) in their Test and One Day International (ODI) series in January-February but might not be allowed to, claims a story in yesterday's 'New Zealand Herald' newspaper. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is said to need sponsorship to cover the costs involved and is currently negotiating with rival technology providers, 'Animation Research' of Dunedin, who provide 'Virtual Eye', and British company 'Hawkeye', about the provision of their respective systems during Pakistan's tour of New Zealand.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive Justin Vaughan is quoted as saying that "we are very keen for [the UDRS] to be in place [for the Pakistan tour] and we've got the ability to use it in the ODI series". The ICC's discussions are said to be taking place during the current Ashes Test in Perth and as the First NZ-Pakistan Test starts in Hamilton on 7 January, Vaughan said that he believed NZC would need an answer about proceeding with the UDRS "some time next week". "It would be disappointing [if the UDRS was ruled out] particularly with New Zealand technology [involved]", he said. His 'gut feeling' is said to be that New Zealand might get "caught in the middle of a wrangle, but I hope that's not the case".
The ICC has confirmed the UDRS will be used at the February-March World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. To date it has only been used in Tests but next month's Australia-England ODI series will see it feature in the one-day game for the first time (E-News 703-3444 above).
LEAVE TECHNOLOGY OUT OF
LOW CATCH DECISIONS, SAYS WCC
The Marylebone Cricket Club's (MCC) World Cricket Committee (WCC) believes that disputed low catches shouldn't be sent to the third umpire for adjudication because television cameras rarely make the situation any clearer. When the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) is in use during a match, either side is within their rights to use a review for such catches, say the WCC, however, in its view the third umpire should only overrule the on-field decision when he has "overwhelming" evidence that the original decision was wrong.
The MCC's committee, which met in Perth earlier this week (E-News 700-3433, 14 December 2010), indicated that the two-dimensional pictures currently available via the UDRS often make it appear as though a ball has bounced when it's probably a clean catch. As a result the committee has recommended that "the on-field umpires be required to make an initial decision based on the naked eye", said an MCC statement issued after the meeting. "With so many examples proving inconclusive on television, the committee feels that the benefit of the doubt too often goes to the batsmen, who often now stand their ground for most low catches", continued the MCC statement.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has long been an advocate of such catches "staying on the field" with decisions being taken by the two standing umpires and that batsmen should also take the fielder's word. During the recent Ashes Test in Brisbane Test for example, English batsman when Alastair Cook, who went on to score an unbeaten 235, was ruled 'not out' on the basis of television evidence after Ponting claimed a low catch.
Ponting's England counterpart, Andrew Strauss, agrees that technology isn't suitable for decision-making in such circumstances and is of the "view that the umpires need to be consistent, whatever they do". "If they want to make the decision themselves, I think that's a healthy situation", and "I'd be very supportive of them if they just made the decision consistently".
The WCC didn't support Ponting's suggestion that the fielder's word should be taken. "The committee saw merit in Ricky Ponting's recent assertion that captains should all agree to take the fielder's word on low catches", said the statement, "however, it felt that such an agreement would be difficult to implement and consequently urges the International Cricket Council to direct the on-field umpires to make the decision".
OXENFORD TO RETURN TO
SRI LANKA FOR WINDIES ODI SERIES
Australian umpire Bruce Oxenford is to return to Sri Lanka next month after the early stages of the Australia-England one-day series (E-News 703-3444 above), to stand as the neutral umpire in the postponed One Day International (ODI) series between the home side and the West Indies. Oxenford returned home early to Australia last week after persistent rain led to Sri Lanka Cricket and the West Indies Cricket Board deferring this month's series until expected better conditions in the last half of January (E-News 700-3432, 14 December 2010). It appears that the match referee named for the original series, Javagal Srinath from India, will be replaced for what some so far unconfirmed reports are saying will now be a three rather than a five-match ODI series.
VICTORIAN SIDE CHARGED
WITH BALL TAMPERING
The Victorian side have been charged with ball-tampering during their Sheffield Shield match against South Australia that ended at the Adelaide Oval yesterday after less than three days play. National Umpire Panel members members Simon Fry and Bob Parry are reported to have found markings on the ball after the last delivery on the second day on Saturday and subsequently penalised the visitors five runs.
A Code of Conduct hearing is to be held into the matter this week and the side faces a level one offence charge which was laid by Fry, Parry and probably match referee Ric Evans, under Cricket Australia (CA) Code of Behaviour. It is said to relate to "failure by a team to ensure the condition of a ball is not changed in breach of law 42.3", and the standard penalty if the side is found guilty is reportedly for each player to loose ten per cent of their match fee.
Victoria's captain Cameron White told the Australian Associated Press after play that "we haven't been into the after-match team meeting so we don't actually know what the allegation is, so, when we find out we'll assess from there". The umpires have made "an allegation", said White, and "we know that it's a team thing and it's a hearing so that is about all we know to be honest".
CA have yet to release a statement on the matter.
WCC 'ENCOURAGED' BY AUSTRALIAN
Members of the Marylebone Cricket Club's (MCC) World Cricket Committee are said to be "encouraged" by the results so far in the trials of a split-innings format in Australia's domestic one-day competition that is being conducted this austral summer (E-News 652-3229, 16 August 2010).
The WCC, which was brief on the trial by one of its members Tony Dodemaide, who is also the chief executive of Cricket Victoria, said in a statement following its meeting in Perth last week that "while the tournament has not yet concluded, early reports suggest that the trial has been a success and worthy of continued investigation". No details were released about just what Dodemaide said in his report.
The MCC’s own brief trial in two matches of the more radical '5IVES' one-day concept last September were not sufficient to judge that format's merits, says the WCC (E-News 665-3275, 9 September 2010). As a result the MCC plans to again use its 'Young Cricketers' and 'MCC University' players to trial further '5IVES' matches during the 2011 English summer.
The WCC is said to believe that split-innings cricket "may address the concerns of the sometimes predictable middle overs of the limited overs game, and may help to increase attendances in the ground and viewing figures on television".
CA 'EMERGING' UMPIRES TOGETHER
FOR FUTURES T20 EVENT
All four members of Cricket Australia's (CA) emerging umpires group will be working in the three-day 2010 Futures League Twenty20 (T20) tournament for State Second XIs which is due to get underway in Melbourne today (E-News 693-3398, 5 November 2010).
The four, Nathan Johnstone (Western Australia), Michael Kumutat (New South Wales), Damien Mealey (Queensland) and Sam Nogajski (Tasmania), will be standing with current National Umpire Panel (NUP) members Ash Barrow and Mick Martell during the event.
Barrow and Nogajski are the only returnees from the inaugural T20 series last December; the Tasmanian being selected for the main final of that event (E-News 534-2735, 17 December 2009), the former joining the NUP in the time since.
NO 'HOT SPOT' FOR WORLD CUP,
SAYS COMPANY HEAD
The inventor and patent-holder of 'Hot Spot' has lost patience with the cricket's ''mind-boggling labyrinth'' of "bullying and bickering" over the provision of technology for the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS), and has threatened that the current Ashes series will be the last time his product will be available to umpires and match referees, says a report published by Australia's Fairfax Press newspaper group yesterday.
Warren Brennan, the owner of 'Hot Spot' company BBG Sports, told Fairfax that the unwillingness of the International Cricket Council (ICC) or national cricket Boards to pay to use his technology had pushed his resolve to the edge. ''I've already told them that we won't be supplying 'Hot Spot' to the World Cup next year, even for the semis or finals", said Brennan, and that ''we're just not going to go" there.
Brennan said that his company ''supply broadcasters with an entertainment product but if the cricket Boards want a feed of that for adjudication purposes, they should contribute to the costs", and although "we're continuing to invest in improving the product we're just not seeing anything back from the Boards or the ICC".
'After two years [of discussions], we haven't resolved any issues of how this technology is going to be funded", continued the BBG head, but while "some broadcasters say they're willing to fund half of it, the national cricket Boards and ICC don't seem to be interested at all in putting any money into it". "There's got to be a bit of reasonable behaviour here and it makes me feel sick, but we'll keep working for broadcasters however I don't think that longer term we'll be providing our technology for the UDRS".
Brennan indicated that he has not had trouble in Australia because his full fee has been met by broadcaster Channel Nine who can then choose how to use the technology, including providing the feed to ICC match officials for the UDRS. Nine is said to fund 'Hot Spot' to the tune of around $A10,000 a day because it attaches the concept to a major sponsor, however, "in the UK we're not getting the full rate because they're not allowed to have in-program sponsors", said Brennan.
''New Zealand's a bit different again and we're going to supply the broadcaster with 'Hot Spot', but not for the UDRS" for Tests there next month (E-News 703-3448, 19 December 2010), but beyond that country it becomes even harder", he continued. ''You've got the Board of Control for Cricket in India who just refuse to be told what to do by anybody [for] they believe they can do whatever they want and its a farce".
''All I know is that I'm not going to put up half a million bucks to buy a kit for [the World Cup in] India when there's so many pitfalls in trying to get those people to pay anything towards it. I've already been told by BSkyB that when England plays India next year there won't be any UDRS [for] the Indians have already bullied them into that" (E-News 699-3426, 13 December 2010).
''I don't like playing this game but these last 12 months have been a real distraction trying to deal with these people", said Brennan. ''I don't know what to do now. I feel sorry, because I enjoy cricket … but it's amazing to see firsthand this labyrinth of what really happens in the sport. It's mind-boggling".
VICTORIAN PLAYER FOUND
GUILTY OF BALL TAMPERING
Victorian batsman Aaron Finch, 24, was yesterday found guilty of ball tampering during his state's Sheffield Shield win over South Australia at a Cricket Australia (CA) code of behaviour commission hearing held in Adelaide. CA said in a statement that Finch, who was fined half of his match fee, told the commissioner, Judge David Smith, that he was "most likely responsible for the damage to the ball" (E-News 704-3451, 20 December 2010).
Umpires Simon Fry and Bob Parry penalised the Victorian side five runs and initially charged the entire team with ball tampering at the end of day two of the match last Saturday when they "found markings" on the ball. The initial level one charge against the side was subsequently withdrawn following Finch's admission, and a separate level two offence charge was then laid against him which related to an individual changing the condition of the ball.
Finch, who was playing in his fourteenth first class match, became the first domestic player in Australia in more than 20 years to admit to ball-tampering. His admission saw him fined $A2,100, half his match fee, which is the minimum sanction for a level two breach. The original team-wide charge would have seen each team member fined $A420.
A CA spokesman is reported to have said there were no instances of a player being charged with changing the condition of the ball in the official records which stretch back into the 1980s. No details were given of just how or when Finch "most likely" interfered with the ball's condition.
HARPER TO MOVE TO THIRD ON
ALL-TIME TEST MATCH LIST
Australian umpire Daryl Harper will move to third on the all-time list of Test umpires when he stands in the two Test series between New Zealand and Pakistan next month. Harper, who is currently equal third on the list with the late David Shepherd of England with 92 Tests (E-News 698-3419, 23 November 2010), will work with his countryman Rod Tucker and Sri Lankans Asoka de Silva and Roshan Mahanama in next month's Tests, appointments that indicate the Umpire Decision Review System will be in use (E-News 703-3448, 19 December 2010).
Harper, 59, was made a member of the International Cricket Council's Elite Umpires Panel when it was created in April 2002, and along with de Silva is the only original member still with the group, although the Sri Lankan was dropped from the panel for four years earlier this decade (E-News 234-1296, 24 April 2008).
Adelaide-based Harper's first class debut was in a tour match between South Australia and New Zealand in November 1987 and he first stood at Test level 11 years later in November 1998 in an Ashes Test in Perth, his fifty-fourth first class game. His international debut actually occurred almost five years before his first Test in a One Day International (ODI), his tally in that form of the game currently standing at 168, matches that include the one-day World Cups of 2003 and 2007, the Champions Trophy series in 2002, 2004 and 2006 and many other one-day series.
In next month's two Tests across the Tasman, Harper and de Silva will be on the field for the first match in Hamilton with Tucker the third umpire and Mahanama the match referee. Tucker and Harper are to stand in the second Test in Wellington with de Silva in the television suite. The series will take Harper's umpiring Test record to 94, de Silva 49, Mahanama 31 and Tucker 7.
India's Amish Saheba, one of the ICC's six emerging umpires (E-News 699-3425, 13 December 2010), has been named as the neutral umpire for the first three of the six ODIs New Zealand and Pakistan are to play in late January and early February. Australian Steve Davis, who is currently in South Africa (E-News 705-3458 below) will fill the same role in the other three with his countryman Alan Hurst the match referee for the entire series.
The series will result in Davis and Hursts' records as match officials in ODIs moving on to 97 and Saheba 47.
MORE WORK NEEDED ON CORRUPTION
ISSUE, SAYS MCC COMMITTEE
The Marylebone Cricket Club's (MCC) World Cricket Committee (WCC) has recommended that the the 'Spirit of Cricket' Preamble to the Laws of Cricket be amended to specifically to forbid the corruption or attempted corruption of any aspect of a match. The recommendation, which was formulated during the WCC's two-day meeting in Perth last week (E-News 700-3433, 14 December 2010), is to be considered by the MCC Laws sub-committee at their next meeting in February.
The WCC says it is concerned at what it says is the scale of the corruption problem, which a Pakistani lawyer last week described as "rife" (E-News 702-3442, 16 December 2010), and the detrimental effect it has placed on the integrity of the game. At the same time though the MCC committee also complimented the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit for the work it has undertaken to date. It feels though that more resources and increased powers are required to attempt to eradicate this issue from the game.
A "wide range of proposals" regarding the corruption issue were discussed at the meeting including: the legalising and regulating of betting markets in India as proposed by the Delhi Court; the length of bans; non-selection of tainted players; the possible use of lie detector tests; the provision of integrity officers; and the inclusion of anti-corruption clauses in all professional playing contracts in all countries. "The education of players should not be a meaningless formality", says the WCC in a statement, for "the message should be pressed home with regularity by figures known and respected by the players".
The WCC felt more that "further deliberation" was required before a recommendation could be put forward to ICC. As a result in addition to its recommendation to the MCC, the WCC also agreed to set up a working party, led by former Australian captain Steve Waugh and including MCC Secretary, Tasmanian Keith Bradshaw, plus Courtney Walsh and Barry Richards, to investigate ways of removing corruption from the game.
FOUR UMPIRES NAMED FOR
SAF-INDIA TESTS, ODI SERIES
Australian umpire simon Taufel and Pakistani Asad Rauf are the third and fourth members of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Elite Umpires Panel involved in the three-Test series between South Africa and India that is currently underway. Taufel's countryman Steve Davis and Englishman Ian Gould stood in the first Test which ended overnight with Zimbabwean Andy Pyrcroft the match referee and the ICC released details of the other appointments yesterday.
Davis and Rauf will be on the field for the second Test which is to start in Durban on Boxing Day, before Taufel joins Gould for the third in Cape Town on the second day of the New Year. Taufel will stay on after that as the neutral umpire for the five-match One Day International (ODI) series that will be played after the Tests, Chris Broad of England being the match referee for those games.
Following the Test series, Gould will have stood in 18 such matches, Davis 31, Rauf 35 and Taufel 67, while Pycroft's match referee tally will total 18.
The ODI series will see Taufel's record in that form of the game move along to 159 matches, a figure that is fifth in the game behind his countryman Daryl Harper, who currently has 168 to his credit, the late David Shepherd of England with 172, and now-retired Steve Bucknor from the West Indies and Rudi Koertzen of South Africa with 181 and 209 respectively. Broad's ODI record as a match referee will total 177 by the time the ODI series ends.
ICC CHIEF HOPEFUL OF
INDIAN CHANGE ON UDRS USE
International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has reiterated previous comments that he will encourage the Indian team to show a little more willingness to try the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS). "There was a fair amount of scepticism [about the UDRS] among a lot of countries two years ago, but the more they have used it the more they have liked it", runs the quote attributed to Lorgat, and in India's case “it is just an issue of them experiencing its use more often", he said.
Indian scepticism has been a significant roadblock to the system’s universal employment and Board of Control for Cricket in India president Shashank Manohar was quoted last week as saying that India will also oppose the system's use as far ahead as during India’s tour of England in July-August next year (E-News 701-3436, 15 December 2010). The UDRS is not in use during India's current series in South Africa, and Manohar's comments suggest it will also not be a feature of the series in the West Indies in the first half of 2011.
TCUSA E-NEWS NUMBER 706
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
SHILLINGFORD'S BOWLING ACTION
FOUND TO BE 'ILLEGAL'
West Indies' off-spinner Shane Shillingford's bowling action has been found to be "illegal" following independent testing that was carried out at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth two weeks ago and as a result he has been suspended from bowling in international cricket. The detailed analysis showed that his "mean elbow extension" was 17 degrees, a figure that is above the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under International Cricket Council (ICC) regulations.
The ICC said in a statement issued in Dubai yesterday that the analysis was performed by Professor Bruce Elliott, a member of the world body's Panel of Human Movement Specialists, at the UWA's School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health. That move came after the Dominican national was reported at the end of the Galle Test against Sri Lanka last month by on-field umpires Steve Davis (Australia) and Richard Kettleborough (England), along with TV umpire Asad Rauf of Pakistan, and fourth umpire Tyron Wijewardena of Sri Lanka (E-News 698-3421, 23 November 2010).
Under ICC regulations the 27-year-old has the right to appeal against UWA's conclusions to the ICC's Bowling Review Group. He can also apply, after he has modified his bowling action, for re-assessment of his action. To date Shillingford has taken 14 wickets in five Test matches and 230 overall in a total of 63 first-class games.
WCC CONTINUES TO PUSH
RESEARCH INTO DAY-NIGHT TESTS
Continued research into pink balls for potential use in day-night Test cricket has once again been endorsed by the Marylebone Cricket Club's (MCC) World Cricket Committee (WCC) at its meeting in Perth last week. However, while the MCC continues to work to move the matter forward, the WCC's outlook on day-night Tests appears to have ebbed over the last six months since it said such matches featuring a pink ball and white clothing could be played "now" in countries where attendances at such games have dropped markedly (E-News 629-3138, 4 July 2010).
The committee said following its meeting in July this year, that "in recent months" manufacturers have made significant progress in "deep-dying" the leather used to make pink balls balls such that they will not discolour. However, speaking the week before the WCC met, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland is reported by journalists to have described day-night Tests "as a bridge too far in the short term". Sutherland, who has been a champion of day-night Tests, indicated that the logistics of finding the right ball are proving tougher than anticipated.
During its Perth deliberations last week, the WCC Committee heard in particular from former South African player Shaun Pollock, who had tested a variety of pink balls with members of his national team. That group are said to have been of the view that a white seam provided the clearest contrast to the pink ball. As a result, the traditional English domestic first class season opener between the MCC and this year's Champion County will again be played in Abu Dhabi in March in a day-night format (E-News 597-3002, 6 April 2010), but the pink ball will have a white rather than a green seam.
Sutherland said though that there are "technical issues in getting the ball right and the ball to last, and for Test cricket to be played at night it is inevitable there will have to be some sort of compromise with the ball". It "might be that cricket needs to rethink its expectations of exactly when a Test cricket ball needs to do", he said. "Test cricket is our premium product and I continue to believe it is appropriate to play our premium cricket at a time of day when the public can most easily attend at night", he concluded.
Following its annual meeting last May the International Cricket Council (ICC), which earlier in the year had said that "hard science" was the key to developing a suitable ball (E-News 597-3003, 6 April 2010), said that it planned to play "an even more pro-active role in the development of a ball" which could be used in day-night Tests".
At that time the world body said that it would "commission research into the ideal colour for balls to be used in day-night cricket and then work closely with the equipment manufacturers before conducting relevant trials" as part of "urgent product research and analysis" of day-night Tests (E-News 610-3061, 24 May 2010). Further discussions on matters such as clothing colours, the number of overs bowled before a ball change, and the start times required for day-night Test matches, were also to be looked at. To date no information on that work appears to have been made public.
NSWCUSA EXPELS NEWCASTLE
The Newcastle District Cricket Umpires Association (NDCUA) has been expelled from the New South Wales Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association (NSWCUSA) after allegations there was collusion in its August election, says a report published in the 'Newcastle Herald' late last week. NSWCUSA executive officer and former Test umpire Darrell Hair was a scrutineer at the election and is said to have raised doubts over the legitimacy of the ballot, and in the months since the two organisations have apparently failed to find a mutally-agreed resolution over the matter.
According to the 'Herald' report, veteran umpire and Newcastle delegate to Cricket NSW, Kim Norris, who is also in charge of Level 2 Accreditation in Newcastle, stood for four positions but failed to be elected to any of them. NDCUA president Joe Thomson said the 28 members who voted on the night were not involved in any collusion and that the election had been conducted fairly.
Expulsion of the NDCUA is said to mean that Newcastle umpires are banned from officiating for organisations affiliated with the NSWCUSA, including for example representative fixtures at NSW Country carnivals or Country Cup matches. As a result the NDCUA lodged an appeal with Cricket NSW to overturn the expulsion and a hearing is expected to be held after the Sydney Ashes Test in early January.
Hair is reported to have said that he was unable to comment on the election or the specifics of the expulsion until after the appeal, but that the decision to expel the NDCUA was not taken lightly. ‘‘We’re into improving umpiring throughout the State of NSW and we’re doing our best to do that, but if people’s behaviour is not in accordance with what our requirements are then I think strong action needs to be taken", runs the quote attributed to Hair. The NSWCUSA continues to list the NDCUA on its web site as one of its affiliates.
Newcastle District Cricket Association chairman Paul Marjoribanks said the NDCUA had his full support. ‘‘Good men run the local umpires association and I trust the appeals board at Cricket NSW will see this for what it is and remove any shadows cast over their integrity’’, Marjoribanks said. The NDCUA's Thompson said that "the whole thing is sad, we’re there to umpire Newcastle cricket and all this is getting in the way and we just want to get on with the job of umpiring which everyone enjoys".
The NDCUA has apparently decided to put Norris' Level 2 Accreditation duties "on hold" until the expulsion issue is resolved.
NO UDRS FOR NZ TESTS,
CLAIM PAKISTAN REPORTS
Media reports from Pakistan yesterday claim that the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will not be used during Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand over the next few months. Use of the system is said to be in doubt because of "a lack of commitment from the International Cricket Council (ICC)" regarding funding", a claim that echoes comments made by the Australian inventor and patent-holder of 'Hot Spot', Warren Brennan, late last week (E-News 704-3454, 20 December 2010). Just how accurate the media reports are is not clear, however, the ICC appears confident that the system will be in use for on Monday it named a three-umpire panel for the two-Test series, including neutral third umpires, a key UDRS requisite (E-News 705-3456, 21 December 2010).
MEETING 'ABANDONED' AFTER DISCUSSION OF
'UNSAVOURY' MATCH INCIDENTS TURNS SOUR
Players and officials "traded words" at a Clarence River Cricket Association (CRCA) meeting held in Grafton in northern New South Wales when discussing "several unsavoury incidents" that had occurred on the field of play in Association matches, says an article published in the city's newspaper, 'The Daily Examiner', yesterday. Some players in games are said to have "continually questioned" umpiring decisions, and discussion on that matter reportedly led to last week's meeting being "abandoned as tempers continued to flare".
Some CRCA first grade players, who spoke to the 'Examiner' on condition of anominity, are said to have "lost confidence in the umpires" and were of the view that "some were overstepping the boundaries during play". CRCA Umpires Association president Terry Brien is said to have admitted relations between some players and umpires has reached a critical stage, but that most players did the right thing out on the field. “The majority of the players are fine and have respect for the umpires and it's only a minority who seem to have regular battles with [match officials]", Brien said. “Most players play the game in the right spirit. Obviously umpires make mistakes from time to time ... after all, we're only human", he concluded.
Mal Tilse, a senior umpire in the CRCA's Premier League, is said to have resigned last week citing player behaviour as the reason. The 'Examiner' article makes the claim that with the increasing amount of player abuse on the rise, others may follow Tilse, leaving the CRCA with a shortage of badged umpires.
Last Saturday, the Premier League match between Tucabia and Easts turned, in the Examiner's words, "into a farce with Tucabia captain Chris Adamson and both umpires engaged in an animated conversation, not once, but on two occasions". Play was held up for several minutes as Adamson and both umpires "were at loggerheads over a couple of decisions". As a result the skipper was cited by the umpires for misconduct with a four-page report handed to disciplinary commissioner Bob Ulrick, who could decide Adamson's fate as early as tomorrow evening.
NSW Umpire Education and Development manager and former CRCA umpire Darren Goodger, who has stood at first class level, was contacted by the 'Examiner' and reportedly said that he received at least eight phone calls over the weekend from both players and officials in relation to the Tucabia-Easts match.
Goodger said one of the phone calls came from a player seeking verification on a particular ruling during Saturday's game. Apparently skipper Adamson, while fielding at fine-leg, decided to lean against the boundary fence and as his team-mate delivered the ball, the umpire signalled a 'no-ball'. The 'Examiner' report is not specific that the 'no ball' was called for the fence lean, but Goodger made it clear that "if a player is leaning against a fence the umpire cannot call a no-ball" because of that. “There is no such ruling stating it's a no-ball if a fieldsman is leaning on the boundary fence", he said.
However, as is normal in such controversies, just how the on-field umpire saw the matter and precisely why he called the 'no ball' was not mentioned in the 'Examiner' report, and whether the player who contacted Goodger had a sufficient understanding of the facts involved at the time is not known. Meanwhile, CRCA president Jeff Hackett reminded players to read 'The Laws of Cricket', including 'The Preamble' which covers the 'Spirit of Cricket' and player responsibilities.
LBW DECISION LED
TO UMPIRE SHOOTING
Further details have emerged about the shooting of an umpire during a village match between Simraina and Beekapur in Lucknow, India, last Saturday (E-News 703-3447, 19 December 2010). Simraina batsman Arun Kumar was given out LBW by umpire Amit Singh but Kumar disagreed with the decision and stood his ground.
After what is said to have been "five irritating minutes", the umpire "grabbed Kumar by the collar and tried to lead him from the field", at which point Kumar called out to a team-mate, Ashish Singh, to come and help him. Ashish is then alleged to have walked on to the field with a gun and shot the umpire, twice. Both men have now been arrested, and the umpire is reportedly recovering in hospital.
TCUSA E-NEWS NUMBER 707
Thursday, 23 December 2010
UDRS DROPPED FROM NZ-PAKISTAN
TESTS, ODI SERIES
'Virtual Eye' and 'Hotspot' technology will be available to people watching the Test and One Day International (ODI) series between New Zealand and Pakistan on television over the next six weeks but not the umpires involved, a move that means that the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will not be operational during those games. The decision to drop the UDRS, which appears to have been made in the last few days (E-News 706-3463, 22 December 2010), is believed to have resulted because of the inability of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the companies who provide the technology to reach agreement on payment for the system feed that is used by match officials.
The question of just who funds UDRS technology has been around for several years and the ICC's chief executive Haroon Lorgat said six months ago following a meeting of the world body's Chief Executives Committee in Singapore, that "there are a few issues around cost and the availability of technology that we still must work hard at overcoming" (E-News 628-3137, 2 July 2010).
Little appears to have happened to resolve the issues involved in the time since, Australian Warren Brennan, the owner of 'Hot Spot' company BBG Sports, telling a journalist late last week that he had lost patience with the cricket's ''mind-boggling labyrinth'' of "bullying and bickering" over the issue (E-News 704-3454, 20 December 2010). His 'Virtual Eye' counterpart Ian Taylor, the managing director of NZ company 'Animation Research', is reported to have expressed similar thoughts on Monday.
That was the same day the ICC posted on its web site the names of the four neutral match officials, three of whom were umpires, who are to manage the two Tests, appointments then that suggested that the UDRS would be in operation. Australian umpire Daryl Harper is listed as standing in both Tests, his on-field partner in the first being Sri Lankan Asoka de Silva and the second Australian Rod Tucker; the latter two being named to work as the third umpire in the second and first Tests respectively (E-News 705-3456, 21 December 2010).
Whether the ICC plans to modify those appointments now that the UDRS has been dropped is not known. In such circumstances the ICC normally uses two neutral umpires for the on-field work, with home members of the ICC's second-tier International Umpires Panel working as the third umpire.
SIDE LOOSES MATCH, LODGES
COMPLAINT ABOUT UMPIRES
Pakistan first class side Habib Bank Limited (HBL) have lodged an official complaint with the Pakistan Cricket Board's Domestic Committee about "the standard of umpiring" in its match against Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) that ended in less than three days in Faisalabad on Tuesday. HBL, which had been leading the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Division I table, lost the match by an innings and 30 runs, and one of its players, former Pakistan international Imran Farhat, was fined Rs 5,000 ($A60) by match referee Mussadaq Rasool for showing dissent to an umpire, says 'The Express Tribune'.
Farhat was adjudged by umpire Saleem Badar to have been caught in the slips by PIA's Khurram Manzoor in his side's second innings, and is said to have "exchanged hot words" with the umpire as he left the field. Rasool also issued a warning to Farhat's teammates Kamran Hussain and Khaqan Arsal, although just what for was not spelt out in press reports.
Badar, 57, has stood in five Tests and 29 One Day Internationals (ODI) since 1988, and the HBL-PIA match was his 239th at first class level since his debut in 1979, and he also currently has 207 List A games to his credit. His partner for the match was Zameer Haider, 48, who is currently an on-field member of the International Cricket Council's second-tier International Umpires Panel, who was standing in his 90th first class game. Haider has also been on the ground in 11 ODIs and five Twenty20 Internationals over the last four years.
SECOND INDIAN ADDED TO
ACC UMPIRE TRAINING GROUP
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has added former Indian first class umpire Borni Jamula to its umpire training group. Jamula, 57, who stood in 66 first-class matches and five One Day Internationals in his home country from 1982-2007, joins former Sri Lankan international umpires Kandiah Francis and Peter Manuel, and their Indian counterpart Mahboob Shah, on the panel which oversees ACC umpires' coaching programs
ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura said in a statement issued yesterday that "Borni comes highly rcommended and has a great deal of on-field and administrative experience [and] as we seek to raise the standard of play and umpiring, he will be an asset to us". Jamula has been a Level III Umpire Educator in India and umpiring coach, and he has says Warnapura "accreditation from the England and Wales Cricket Board".
Jamula says that he is "honoured to be asked to provide my services to the [ACC]" and that "India has many resources which can also be used to support umpire development across Asia". His first assignment in the new role was at the ACC Umpires Educator Level I Course that was conducted in Thailand earlier this month.
FORMER SYDNEY UMPIRE
JOINS LEICESTERSHIRE BOARD
The Leicestershire Cricket Club (LCC) have co-opted Roy Bent, who umpired in Sydney when he lived and worked in Australia 20 years ago, on to its Board for the year ahead. Bent, 61, who was made a LCC life member in 1976, and is a member of the Friends of Grace Road and the Leicestershire Cricket Society, joins the Board after a season of off-field controversies in 2010 and it is hoped he and his colleagues will enable the LCC to "move forward into calmer waters" in 2011.
Leicestershire media reports say that Bent reached first-class status as an umpire during his time in Australia, but records available suggest he worked as the third umpire in a single Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 1999, and before that in a one-day domestic game there the previous February. He stood in two women's One Day Internationals in 1997.
REQUEST MADE TO DELAY
ICC SPOT FIXING HEARING
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is reported to have been planning to hold a teleconference with suspended Pakistan players Salman Butt, Muhammad Amir and Muhammad Asif, and their lawyers yesterday. The link-up is said to have been requested by Butt, for he wanted next month's ICC Code of Conduct commission tribunal hearing in Qatar (E-News 696-3417, 15 November 2010), to be deferred on the grounds that it should not be held until Scotland Yard completes its investigation into the spot-fixing allegations during Pakistan’s tour of England earlier this year (E-News 669-3286, 17 September 2010). Amir reportedly opposed Butt’s request to defer the hearing, saying he wants a decision on his suspension as early as possible. "My lawyers don't want the hearing to be postponed. I want a decision from the ICC on my suspension and case as soon as possible", said Amir on Tuesday.
TCUSA E-NEWS NUMBER 708
Friday, 24 December 2010
ENGLISH UMPIRE SET FOR
WORK ON CHRISTMAS DAY
While most Englishmen around the world will be focusing on the revelries of Christmas Day, their countryman Tim Robinson will be standing in a first class match in India as part of a new umpire exchange agreement between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The agreement will also see the BCCI's Shavir Tarapore, a member of the International Cricket Council's second-tier International Umpires Panel, stand in two County first class fixtures in July-August next year.
Robinson, who played Test and one-day cricket for England from 1984-89 and 425 first class games overall, will take the field later today Australian time for the opening day of a quarter final of the Ranji Trophy between Karnataka and hosts Madhya Pradesh in Indore. Current wether forecasts for that city indicate the four days of the match will be played in sunny conditions with consistent maximum temperature each day of around 26 degrees Celsius, a far cry from the freezing situation that prevails in his home country at the present time.
The ECB umpire is to stay on after the game in Indore to stand in one of the two Ranji Trophy semi finals that is scheduled for 3-6 January. A so far unnamed South African first class umpire will work in the other then stay on for the final of this season's competition in mid-January as part of an exchange agreement set up by the BCCI and Cricket South Africa in 2008; a pattern that is a repeat of that of the last two years. BCCI umpire S Ravi is to travel in the other direction to officiate in two first class matches there sometime in the New Year.
NOGAJSKI, KUMUTAT STAND
IN MAIN FUTURES T20 FINAL
Tasmanian umpire Sam Nogajski and Michael Kumutat from New South Wales were chosen to stand in the main final of the Futures League Twenty20 final played in Melbourne yesterday. Nogajski was also selected to stand in last year's inaugural final, however, that match was washed out by rain (E-News 535-2741, 19 December 2010).
During the competition this week a total of 16 matches were played over four days by eight sides, seven from the six States and the Australian Capital Territory, and the other from the Australian Centre of Excellence. Apart from Nogajski and Kumutat, the other six umpires involved were: Nathan Johnstone (Western Australia), Damien Mealey (Queensland) and current National Umpire Panel (NUP) members Ash Barrow and Mick Martell (E-News 704-3453, 20 December 2010).
Nogajski and Johnstone stood in the match for seventh and eighth place, the latter and Mealey for fifth versus sixth, and Kumutat and Mealey in the game to decided third place. Johnstone, Kumutat, Mealey and Nogajski are all members of Cricket Australia's emerging umpires group and match allocations for the finals would normally provide a hint as to how the selectors rated their individual performances this week.
ICC REVISES NZ TEST
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has revised its appointments for next month's two Test series between New Zealand and Pakistan following its failure to acquire the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) for the series (E-News 707-3466, 23 December 2010). Australians Daryl Harper and Rod Tucker will now be the on-field umpires for the two tests with New Zealand members of the ICC's second-tier International Umpires Panel as third umpires, Sri Lankan Asoka de Silva no longer being needed for those games (E-News 705-3456, 21 December 2010).
TCUSA E-NEWS NUMBER 709
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
AUSTRALIAN SKIPPER DOCKED 40
PER CENT OF MATCH FEE FOR DISSENT
Australia captain Ricky Ponting was fined 40 per cent of his match fee last night after being found guilty of a Level 1 offence under the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Code of Conduct (CoC) that relates to “arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the umpire about his decision”. Ponting picked a series of arguments with the on-field umpires, particularly Aleem Dar of Pakistan, and English batsman Kevin Pietersen, after the latter was judged to have survived a caught-behind referral.
Numerous replays and 'Hot Spot' graphics showed no inside edge from Pietersen's push off bowler Ryan Harris, but Ponting appeared convinced there had been a mistake in the review process. Australian bowler Peter Siddle, who was not bowling at either end, began the animated protest to Dar by pointing at the video screen in the stands, convinced a mark had been made on 'Hot Spot' when the ball passed the bat. However, no such signature was visible near the trajectory of the ball and the 'Snickometer' supported the decision of South African Marais Erasmus, the third official, to confirm Pietersen was 'not out'.
Ponting and Siddle surrounded Dar in a scene more likely to occur in a soccer game after a disputed foul, although no contact was made with the umpire. The Australian skipper then took over from Siddle as the lead prosecutor, standing with hands on hips and then pointing and waving his arms in an exchange that lasted for more than a minute. Dar stayed calm and appeared to indicate that the ball had not brushed the bat where the fielders thought there was a mark. That was clear to those watching on television, but not to the Australians on the field.
Ponting's mostly one-way conversation carried on for so long that some of the crowd started to boo and Dar eventually moved off to square leg to get into position for the next over. Pietersen, who was on 49, was then met by Ponting mid-pitch as the captain continued to vent and there was more booing when he stopped for another lengthy debrief with the other on-field umpire, Tony Hill of New Zealand.
The ICC said in a statement issued last night that Ponting pleaded guilty to the charge and as such, under the provisions of the CoC, the matter was determined by match referee Ranjan Madugalle of Sri Lanka without the need for a full hearing and he then imposed the fine which is reported to total some $A5,400. Under the CoC a Level 1 offence can attract a censure that ranges from an official reprimand to a fine of up to 50 per cent of a player's match fee.
Madugalle said in the ICC statement last night that: “Ricky’s actions as captain of his country were unacceptable. A captain is expected to set the example and not get involved in a prolonged discussion with the on-field umpires and question their decision". “While pleading guilty to the charge, Ricky understood that the discussion went far too long and he apologised for his action and stated that he has nothing but respect for the umpires and his on-field actions were not intended to show disrespect to Aleem Dar or Tony Hill".
Ponting issued a statement that said that he "entered into discussion with the umpires about the detail of the decision having viewed replays being shown on the big screen. I accept the discussion went for too long and I understand the reasons for the dissent charge handed down by the ICC this evening". "I was simply trying to seek clarification from the umpires regarding how the decision had been made after being referred to the third umpire, however I would be unhappy if anyone thought I was being disrespectful towards the umpires as this wasn't my intention", he concluded.
The charge against Ponting was brought by Dar, Hill and Erasmus who are all members of the ICC's Elite Umpires Panel. There was no mention of Siddle's part in the on-field incident in the ICC statement.
If Ponting had been charged with a Level 2 offence, which refers to "dissent [which] contains an element of anger or abuse which is directed at the umpire or the umpire's decision or where there is excessive delay in resuming play [or] there is persistent re-reference to the incident over time", under the CoC he could have face a 100 per cent fine and/or a suspension.
In another technology intervention during yesterday's play, English batsman Matt Prior had made five and was starting to walk from the crease after he nicked a delivery from bowler Mitchell Johnson to the slips. However, Dar called Prior back and called for a video review, which showed Johnson had over-stepped for a 'no-ball' and the batsman therefore resumed his innings.
UMPIRES NAMED FOR DOMESTIC
Steve Davis, one of four Australian members of the International Cricket Council's Elite Umpires Panel, is to join 11 of the 12 members of the National Umpires Panel (NUP) and five match referees in managing Cricket Australia's (CA) domestic Twenty20 (T20) competition next month. With three games being played in each State, those twelve will be assisted in the third umpire's suite during four of the 18-match series by CA's quartet of emerging umpires.
NUP member Mick Martell of Western Australia is to work in seven matches, five on the field and two in the third umpire's suite (5-2), Gerard Abood from NSW six (3-3), Victorians Geoff Joshua and Bob Parry both five (4-1), Ian Lock of Western Australia and John Ward from Victoria both (3-2), another Melbourne-based NUP member Tony Ward 4 (3-1), Paul Wilson of WA 4 (3-1), Ash Barrow of Victoria 3 (3-0), Simon Fry from South Australia 3 (2-1), and Queenslander Paul Reiffel 2 (2-0). Davis is to stand in a single match in Adelaide.
Fry and Reiffel will only work in a handful of matches as they will be involved in the One Day International (ODI) series between Australian and England whilst the domestic one-day event in underway (E-News 703-3444, 19 December 2010). Their colleague on the International Cricket Council's second-tier International Umpires Panel, Bruce Oxenford, will also take part in those home ODIs before travelling to Sri Lanka for that side's postponed ODI series against the West Indies later in the month (E-News 703-3450, 19 December 2010).
CA's emerging umpires Nathan Johnstone (Western Australia), Michael Kumutat (NSW), Damien Mealey (Queensland) and Sam Nogajski (Tasmania), have each been allocated one match in the television suite during the series. CA will fly seven match officials into Hobart for the three games at Bellerive, Victoria-based umpires John Ward and Tony Ward twice each, and their colleagues Barrow, Joshua and Parry once. Match referee Ric Evans from WA will be at Bellerive to look after two games and David Levens once. A similar pattern applies in other States, except in Adelaide and Melbourne where NUP members will be officiate in all games.
During the series Evans and Levans will oversee five games each, Peter Marshall four, Steve Small three and Bob Stratford, who as an ICC official will also be involved in background in the Australian-England ODIs, one. CA plans to announce the names of match officials for the T20 finals towards the conclusion of the competition.
In another recent announcement by CA, the national body has appointed Fry and Andrew Shelley from Canberra for the game between a Prime Minister's XI and England early next month. A second Canberra umpire, Andrew Shelley, will be the third umpire and CA's Umpire Manager Sean Cary the match referee.
WICB BACKS SHILLINGFORD
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) says that it is offering its full support to bowler Shane Shillingford following his suspension from international cricket. Last week the International Cricket Council confirmed that an independent analysis conducted at the University of Western Australia (UWA) had found the bowling action of the off-spinner to be illegal (E-News 706-3460, 22 December 2010)
Dr. Ernest Hilaire the WICB's chief executive said in a statement issued just before Christmas that his Board "and the Team Management Unit remain confident in his ability to perform at the highest level and see this latest development as a challenge which has been placed before him". Shillingford has been pulled from the Windward Islands side for next month's Caribbean Twenty20 Championship, and instead will to head to the WICB's High Performance Centre in Barbados to work on his bowling for the next three months.
The WICB says that it has received the report from the UWA but has made a request for footage on that testing. When received that information will be submitted to an unnamed company in the UK for independent analysis on behalf of the WICB. Hopes are that at the end of his stint in Barbados a second full test will be conducted on his action, probably again in Perth, the aim being to get him back for the Test series against India later in 2011.
COMMISSIONER REJECTS DELAY
IN SPOT FIXING HEARING
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rejected an application from Pakistan player Salman Butt's legal representative to adjourn the hearing into "spot-fixing" charges next month laid against him and two teammates (E-News 707-3470, 23 December 2010). Michael Beloff, chairman of the ICC's anti-corruption tribunal, said in a statement issued late last week that the hearing will take place as scheduled in Doha, Qatar, from 6-11 January. Butt and Pakistan fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were suspended in September after an undercover British newspaper accused them of receiving money for 'no-balls' to be bowled at predetermined times during a Test against England (E-News 669-3286, 17 September 2010).
End of December 2010 file