(Story numbers 3682-3739)


751  752  753  754  755  756  757  758  759  760  761


751 – 1 April [3682-3690]

• Third consecutive Grade 'Umpire of the Year' award to Nogajski (751-3682).

• 'Advisor', 'Most Dedicated Umpire' awards both to SUP member  (751-3683).

• Pair recognised for their 2010-11 umpiring achievements  (751-3684).

• Medallions to CT Grand Final scorers for the first time  (751-3685).

• 'Service' award for 'having a lot of fun'  (751-3686).

• 'Best First Year', 'Most Improved' scorers acknowledged  (751-3687).

• CT Premier League Grade captain ratings awards announced  (751-3688).

• Eleven members receive Match Achievement certificates  (751-3689).

• Bowlers allowed to throw in planned T20 revamp  (751-3690).


752 – 2 April [3691-3693]

• CA chief acknowledges WC Final Aussies  (752-3691).

• Dudlestone new Europe-Americas RUPM  (752-3692).

• Well-known names looking after Sydney Grade Grand Finals  (752-3693).

• Lahore attack 'wanted' arrested, claim reports  (752-3694).

• Hair for Baseball role, says newspaper  (752-3695).


753 – 5 April [3696-3700]

• Pink balls, day-night Tests, the future, says Dravid  (753-3696).

• TCUSA Annual Dinner photos available 'on line'  (753-3697).

• Long-serving Victorian umpire's contribution to cricket recognised  (753-3698).

• Outcome of Newcastle Association's appeal on expulsion awaited   (753-3699).

• MCC conducts further trial of '5IVES' one-day format  (753-3700).


754 – 7 April [3701-3706]

• Grade cricket in CA game review?  (754-3701).

• Zero WC decision overturns for Dar, Bowden  (754-3702).

• UDRS support for England's international summer confirmed  (754-3703).

• Davis replaces Taufel on ICC's Cricket Committee  (754-3704).

• Over-rate fine in WC final, but run-rate up overall  (754-3705).

• Crowd drowns out call in WC final toss  (754-3706).

755 – 9 April [3707-3710]

• Koertzen returns for IPL-4, Reiffel, Tucker in mix   (755-3707).

• Six match referees to manage 2011 IPL  (755-3708).

• Match officials travel to Samoa for EAP event  (755-3709).

• Five wickets in over equals world record  (755-3710).


756 – 11 April [3711-3718]

• State 'Umpire of the Year' award to Nogajski  (756-3711).

• Innings forfeit, quick declaration, leads to collusion claims  (756-3712).

• UDRS has changed umpire judgements on LBW decisions, says statistician  (756-3713).

• No Windies IUP members in Caribbean first class final  (756-3714).

• Reprimand for 'dissent' in WCL2 game  (756-3715).

• Cloete the 'neutral' for Bangladesh-Australia ODI series  (756-3716).

• Dar scores runs during 'busman's holiday'  (756-3717).

• Heat, preparation, behind a series of bat breaks, says expert  (756-3718).


757 – 13 April [3718-3722]

• Caribbean umpire named for international debut (757-3719).

• Queensland trio for June women's ODI series (757-3720).

• Busy season for Victorian tribunal  (757-3721).

• IPL again pushes 'Spirit of Cricket'  (757-3722).


758 - 15 April [3723]

• Umpire survey start to addressing recruitment-retention issues, says CA (758-3723).

759 - 18 April [3724-3729]

• Australian cricket needs independent governing body, says Wisden  (759-3724).

• Spectator dies after being hit by ball  (759-3725).

• Taufel, Tucker yet to stand in IPL-4  (759-3726).

• Reprimand, warning for 'dissent' in WCL2 match  (759-3727).

• CV wins award for 'Harmony in Cricket' program  (759-3728).

• NSW club to raise concerns about 'appeals process'  (759-3729). 

760 - 21 April [3730-3735]

• Response to CA umpire survey 'good', but more returns encouraged  (760-3730).

• CA passes day-night Test ball hunt to ICC  (760-3731).

• 'Weather-breaking' mathematicians write about their system  (760-3732).

• Tucker joins IPL ranks   (760-3733).

• UAE spinner's bowling action under scrutiny  (760-3734).

• Koertzen for WCL7 tournament in Botswana     (760-3735).

761 - 27 April [3736-3739]

• 'CA developing 'on-line' modules for Level 1-2 Accreditation courses  (761-3736).

• Three-day matches for 2011 EPT?  (761-3737).

• Senior WICB panel members attend workshop  (761-3738).

• Windies fined for slow T20I over-rate  (761-3739).

Friday, 1 April 2011






TCUSA member Sam Nogajski topped off another excellent season when he was presented with Tasmania's 'Grade Umpire of the Year' trophy for 2010-11, his third win in a row, at the Association's Annual Dinner held at Bellerive on Wednesday evening.  The award caps off a busy two weeks for Nogajski after being chosen, along with Mike Graham-Smith, as one of the umpires in Cricket Tasmania's (CT) Grade 'Team of the Year' (E-News 746-3659, 24 March 2011), and standing in CT's Premier League First Grade Grand Final last weekend (E-News 746-3658, 24 March 2011). 


At Grade level this season, Nogajski's major contribution was in First grade where, in addition to the Grand Final and a semi final, he stood in 14 home-and-away games, and was chosen by captains at that level as the best umpire on show in their matches over the summer (E-News 751-3688 below), the same rating he received in 2009-10.  Overall during the summer he officiated in 22 games played under the auspices of CT, matches that include the Kookaburra Cup State Final, CT's Twenty20 final, and home-and-away games in Second and Third Grade as well as in Under-18 vacation cricket.


On the national scene Nogajski, 32,  further showed his umpiring talents in the Womens National Cricket League, two three-day Futures League games and in the latter's Twenty20 competition, a series in which he was chosen to stand in the final (E-News 708-3472, 24 December 2010).  


At a higher level still, the Hobart-born umpire added three matches to his tally in the third umpire's chair in senior interstate one-day games following on from the two the previous season, and also worked in that capacity in the Twenty20 domestic series.  However, the highlight of what has been a season of considerable achievement was his debut on the field in a one-day match between Tasmania and New South Wales in Burnie in December (E-News 693-3398, 5 November 2010).


Nogajski and three other umpires, one each from New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia, currently make up Cricket Australia's (CA) emerging umpires group, CA thinking sufficiently of him to forward his name to the Australian Sports Commission for a National Officials Scholarship (E-News 730-3588, 22 February 2011).


In his response on receiving the TCUSA's top award on Wednesday, Nogajski, who has now worked in eight seasons with the TCUSA and stood in over 150 matches, 62 of them in CT's Premier League First Grade, paid tribute to his wife Monique whose "hard yards and support on the home front" make it possible for him to undertake his umpiring.  


He also thanked his employer the Hutchins School for their "invaluable support" of his umpiring and the appointments committee for the faith they had shown in him, and expressed his appreciation to fellow members of the Association he has worked with this season.  "The standard of umpiring in Tasmania is very high", he says, and "members should be proud of the contribution they make to the game and hold their heads high" about the work they do. 






Both the TCUSA's 'Advisor's Merit' and 'Most Dedicated Umpire' awards for 2010-11 have gone to a one person, Tasmanian State Umpire Panel (SUP) member Wade Stewart.  In announcing the 'Advisor's Merit' award, Richard Widows, Tasmania's State Director of Umpires, spoke of Stewart's solid contribution to the work of the Association as a mentor for other umpires and his willingness to "go anywhere at any time" to support games of cricket.


During the 2010-11 season, his tenth as an umpire, Stewart stood in a total of 41 matches, a number that saw both he and another senior umpire who looked after the same number of games, Steve Maxwell, top the overall TCUSA appointments list for the summer just ended.  Of those games, 17 were in Cricket Tasmania's Premier League (CTPL) First Grade, nine in the other Grades, the Statewide Twenty20 series, and a handful in local women's and vacation competitions.


It was also a season in which Stewart broke into senior interstate representative ranks, for included in those 41 games are two in the Womens National Cricket League, and four in its Twenty20 equivalent, plus a milestone debut match in the Futures League involving Second XI State sides in February (E-News 721-3532, 28 January 2011). 


Stewart ended the season by standing in the Oatlands Association country Grand Final, followed by the CTPL's Second Grade decider last weekend (E-News 746-3658, 24 March 2011). 






TCUSA umpiring members Brent Jones and Tim Blazely received trophies at the Association's Annual Dinner and awards night at Bellerive on Wednesday evening as the Dennis Rogers 'Best First Year' and 'Most Improved' umpires respectively for 2010-11.  Both awards are decided by Cricket Tasmania's three-man Umpires Appointments Committee, the former going to a new umpire who has displayed "outstanding consistency and improvement" over the season, and the latter "to the umpire considered to have demonstrated the most improvement [compared with performances in] previous season or seasons".  


Jone's award, which he reeived just over six months after he joined the Association, came about after a rapid rise through Cricket Tasmania's Premier League (CTPL) Grade levels over a total of 23 matches, a record that includes five games in First Grade, one in Second, ten in Third grade, and others in a range of competitions.  The highlights were appointments to CT's Statewide Twenty20 final, a Second Grade semi final, and the Under-18 Vacation final.  


Blazely was selected for the 'Most Improved' award after what has been his third season, a period during which he has stood in a total of 60 matches.  Over the last six months he has worked in 22 games, six in CTPL Second grade, ten in third Grade, two in the Under-17s, a handful in the South Tasmania Cricket League, plus a single women's game.  Amongst those games was a semi final in Third Grade, and a Grand Final in the Under-17s last wekend, his first at Grade level, his previous finals experience being last season in the Oatland's Association Grand Final.






Grand Final medallions, which have previously only been given to umpires who stand in Cricket Tasmania's Premier League Grade cricket Grand Finals, were also presented to the scorers in those games this year for the first time, an approach that will continue in the future.  Four of the eight scorers who took part in last weekend's four Premier League Grade Finals were presented with  their medallions by TCUSA Life Member Hazell Bradshaw at Wednesday night's Annual Dinner at Bellerive.


Those who received medallions on the night were Ian Collins and Graeme Hamley in First Grade, Andrea dare and Bev Shadwick in the Seconds and Tony 'Tex' Marshall for the Under 17s.  Darby Munro who scored in the Third Grade game was unable to attend the Dinner.


A total of 18 umpires received finals medallion for 2010-11.  Those presented with one medallion were: Sonny Azzopardi, Tim Blazely, Simon Burns, Ross Carlson, Steve Gibson, Cameron Lee, Jamie Mitchell, Craig Meredith and Ian Ploughman.  Two went to Mark Gillard, Brent Jones, Mike Graham-Smith, Steve Maxwell and Bruce Parker, while Sam Nogajski, Wade Stewart and Mark Wickham received three and Martin Betts four.    






TCUSA member Martin Betts was the recipient of the Alan Powell Memorial Trophy for 'Services to the Association' at the Association's Annual Dinner at Bellerive Oval on Wednesday evening.  It is the third time in five years that Betts has been formally recognised with the 'Service' award, the recipient of the annual trophy being decided by a vote of all members of the Association.  


Over the past five years Betts has, apart from, in his own words, "having a lot of fun" and "getting great pleasure and enjoyment from his umpiring duties", established and written the TCUSA newsletter, developed and managed the Association's web site and, and over most of the last twelve months, supported the TCUSA Management Committee as its Minutes Secretary.






Mitchell Nish, a scorer with the Cricket Tasmania's University Cricket Club, was named the Association's 'Best First Year Scorer' for 2010-11, and Jan Butterworth of the Glenorchy club the 'Most Improved Scorer', at the TCUSA's Annual Dinner at Bellerive on Wednesday evening.  TCUSA President-Administrator Graeme Hamley said that the awards had been based on the feedback received from the pair's scoring partners over the season and from an assessment of the score sheets they have produced over the past five months.






The winners of umpire ratings for the top four Grades of Cricket Tasmania's (CT) Premier League competition, which are decided on the basis of points awards by each captain after every home-and-away match played during the season, were announced during the TCUSA's Annual Dinner at Bellerive on Wednesday evening.  


Sam Nogajski was the again captain's choice in First Grade, a selection that was reflected in his third TCUSA 'Umpire of the Year' award in a row (E-News 751-3682 above), while Ian Quaggin, despite standing in only five games in Second grade as work kept him away from cricket over the first half of the season, was the choice at that level.  Tim Blazely's 'Most Improved Umpire' award (E-News 751-3684 above) was mirrored by he being the skipper's choice in Third Grade, and veteran Brian Pollard, who has now stood in a total of 531 matches with the TCUSA, was the selection in the Under-17s. 


Blazely, Nogajksi, Pollard and Quaggin were presented with momentos to mark their achievements on Wednesday evening by Ray Brown, independent member of CT's Premier League committee.






Eleven TCUSA umpiring members have been awarded Match Achievement certificates after passing significant milestones during the 2010-11 season.  Eight of those who reached key marks were presented with their certificates at the Association's Annual Dinner held at Bellerive Oval on Wednesday night, those recognised currently having between them stood in a total of around 2,300 matches over close to one hundred seasons during the last quarter-of-a-century.


Top of the list was Don Heapy who officially passed the 500 match mark earlier in January, only the second TCUSA member after Brian Pollard to do so (E-News 718-3515, 20 January 2011), the others being Mark Gillard, who has now stood in over 450 games, Steve Gibson and Wade Stewart (both 250), Mark Wickham (200), Sam Nogajski and Bruce Parker (both 150), Mike Graham-Smith (100), and Tim Blazely, Conrad Lawson and Cameron Lee (all 50).


Heapy was unable to receive his certificate at the Dinner as he is umpiring in Thailand, while Lawson is understood to be travelling in China, and Gibson was unable to be attend. 






One of cricket's great taboos is set to be broken in Cricket Australia's (CA) planned revamp of its domestic Twenty20 competition in 2011-12, according to CA sources.  Under plans that are expected to be announced next week, a bowler will be permitted to stand at the bowling crease and throw the ball overarm to the batsman who himself will use a narrower, round bat, to score runs.


A source in CA's Marketing Department, who has been involved in, in his words, "sharpening" the presentation of T20 cricket, told E-News yesterday that part of the revamp should mean that umpires will never have a problem with batsman running up the pitch.  He explained that the new format will see small mounds of earth established at the cover and short mid wicket fielding positions, and that batsmen will have to run to the bowler (or pitcher's end), or in the other direction, via those mounds, "not beside the pitch".  


When it was pointed out that this was a very significant change to the traditional game, E-News' source said that "our sponsors love it" for "we want to do away with ones and twos being run" as they are "somewhat boring" and "we find them hard to market". "We want only home r.... eh sixes" as the scoring mechanism" he says, but when asked what the plans were regarding fours, the spokesman said he didn't know, "but we'll think of something by the time this gets off the ground next season". 


Another "innovation" is said to be allowing spectators to wear wicket keeping gloves to grounds, so that if they catch sixes hit by batsmen they will win a prize and be able to keep the ball just like they do in Major League Baseball in the States where many people wear catching mitts to stadiums.  'They'll be able to keep the balls they catch", says the marketing man, and "we'll throw people out of the ground if they send the balls back on the field".  


Such an approach will require umpires to wear large bags on their backs to hold all the balls that will be required for a game, however, "the increased area should provide great opportunities for advertising", he says.  However, "we'll also have to come up with a new gizmo to go with the wicketkeeper gloves that will enable spectators to still eat and drink all the wonderful products our sponsors will have available at grounds without taking them off", otherwise they might miss balls skyed in their direction as they struggle to get their gloves on..


E-News' source spoke enthusiastically about the way the T20 format will move next season.  "The change in format's the easy bit", he says, for "we can sell that", and he is "convinced umpires will be able to handle the increased complexity", but "its deciding all the money things and keeping the player's happy that's the hard part", said the recent market graduate.



Saturday, 2 April 2011






Cricket Australia's (CA) chief executive officer James Sutherland says that while it "hurts not having an Australian team" playing in today's World Cup Final in Mumbai, the selection of Australian umpires Simon Taufel and Steve Davis for the match is a credit to them and Australian umpiring in general.  Taufel will today become the first Australian to stand in a WC Final, while Davis will work as the fourth umpire during the match, another first (E-News 750-3681, 31 March 2011)


Sutherland said in a CA press release issued yesterday afternoon that “The Australian team’s success in at the World Cup over a long period has been to the detriment of Simon Taufel who has, up until now, never been able to officiate in a World Cup Final".  “It’s fantastic", he continued, "to see him get this opportunity along with Steve Davis, [for] they have been duly rewarded for their efforts [and] I wish both of them good luck for the game".  


The only Australian besides Davis and Taufel recorded as having worked as a match official in a WC Final to date is former Test player Peter Burge who was the match referee in 1992, for unfortunately the name of the two Australian scorers who supported that match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground are not listed in data bases available on line.


Davis, who is likely to be standing in his last WC, was quoted as saying that "he was honoured to be selected for the role in the Final and was looking forward to the match".  “I am very fortunate to have been selected ahead of others who have had great tournaments, and I am looking forward to supporting the guys on the field in any way I can".  “I am also proud to be one of two Aussie umpires in the Final, which reflects on the high standard of umpires produced by the Australian system", he said.


Pointing to the presence of five Australian umpires at the WC over the last month, CA's Umpire Manager Sean Cary said two weeks ago that their selection for the tournament "reflects very well on [them] as individuals and on the Australian [umpiring] system in general" (E-News 743-3644, 19 March 2011).  Australian umpiring can be "confident of a vibrant future" if the 2011 WC is any guide, said Cary at the time.


Today's final will be the tenth in WC history and over that time only ten umpires from five different parts of the world have had the honour of standing in those games.  Steve Bucknor of the West Indies leads the way with five finals, then come Englishmen 'Dicky' Bird and David Shepherd with three each, their countryman Barrie Meyer and Pakistan's Aleem Dar with two, followed with one each for Brian Aldridge (New Zealand), Ram Gupta and Mahboob Shah (both India), Tom Spencer (England) and Taufel.


Five third umpires have been used in a final, the first being South African Cyril Mitchley in 1996, then come Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan of India in 1999, Rudi Koertzen of South Africa in both 2003 and 2007, and Ian Gould of England today.  Others known to have filled the match referee role besides Burge are Clive Lloyd (West Indies) in 1996, Rajan Madugalle (Sri Lanka) in both 1999 and 2003, and Jeff Crowe (New Zealand) in 2007 and again this year.





English umpire Barry Dudlestone, who retired from the England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) first class umpire's list last September after 27 years (E-News 668-3258, 16 September 2010), has a new job as the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Regional Umpire Performance Manager (RUPM) for Europe and the Americas.  Dudlestone, who turned 65 last July, replaces the original RUPM appointee for that area, John Holder, who also had his sixty-fifth birthday in 2010 but left the ECB list in 2009 (E-News 538-2757, 23 December 2009), however, just when the two men changed over is not clear.


The ICC set up its RUPM group in June 2008 in what it called at the time "another of its initiatives to increase the level of support to the world’s top match officials", the role of the new group being to "coach, mentor and assist [its international] umpires as they strive for on-field excellence" (E-News 262-1417, 26 June 2008).


Apart from Holder, the other four members of the inaugural RUPM panel were: Arani Jayaprakash of India (India and Bangladesh); Peter Manuel from Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka and Pakistan); Ian Robinson of Zimbabwe (Africa); and Australian Bob Stratford (Australia and New Zealand).  Robinson was replaced by Rudi Koertzen of South Africa last July (E-News 640-3191, 30 July 2010), but apart from the Zimbabwean and Holder the other three originals currently remain in their positions. 


Dudlestone, whose name was recently added to the ICC's web site as a RUPM member, stood in 426 first class match as an umpire, two of which were Tests, and also in 451 List A games, four of which were One Day Internationals (ODI).  There were also 56 domestic Twenty20 matches, as well as womens' ODIs and youth Test and ODIs.  Prior to that he played most of his cricket for Leicestershire, making his first class debut in August 1966 and playing his last such match in June 1983, two months after he officiated in his initial game at that level as an umpire.


When he retired at the end of the last English summer, Dudlestone indicated that his nearly 50 year career in cricket would not be entirely over for he planned to work as a tour guide for his Sunsport travel company which was going to take a group of supporters to watch the Ashes series in Australia.  No mention appears to have been made publicly at the time about him taking up the RUPM role, therefore his succession may have been fairly recent.  






Michael Kumutat, a member of Cricket Australia's four-man emerging umpires group, is standing in the Sydney Cricket Association's (SCA) First Grade Grand Final this weekend, his on-field colleague being former first class umpire Darren Goodger, the New South Wales Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association's Education and Development Manager.


In the SCA's Second Grade decider, Bill Hendricks, who  played 18 first class matches for the then Western Province side in South Africa over four seasons from 1973-76, and Greg Davidson a member of the NSW State Umpires Panel, looking after the match.  Third Grade Grand final umpires are Anthony Wilds and Nick Wennerbom, and in Fourth Grade Greg Lill and David Lenzo, while Graeme Redman and Peter Tate have been appointed to the Fifth Grade game. 


The First and Second Grade matches are three-day affairs and got underway yesterday, while the other three deciders will start this morning and run for two days.






Pakistan authorities have arrested six men wanted in regard to the the March 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team and match officials, according to reports this week from Lahore, the city in which the atrocity took place (E-News 380-2021, 4 March 2009).  The 'New York Times', quoting a police official in that city, said that "the aim of the operation was to kidnap Sri Lankan players and exchange them for Taliban prisoners". 


A separate report late last month from Colombo, claimed that two years on from the attack that killed nine people and left an umpire and others critically injured, action against police officers who were assigned to provide security to the team is still pending despite the findings of a Pakistani judicial commission (E-News 743-3646, 19 March 2011).  However, it is very difficult to determine just what the truth of any reports about the attack are, for the whole issue is clouded by rumour, innuendo, and flawed reporting.    


Ashan Raza, the Pakistani umpire who was critically injured in the attack, later recovered and returned to umpiring, working in one instance as the third umpire in a Test match for the first time at the home of cricket, Lord's, last July (E-News 633-3156, 14 July 2010).  Others directly involved in the frightening events in Lahore, Australians Steve Davis and Simon Taufel, will be taking part in the 2011 World Cup Final later today (E-News 752-3691 above).






Former Australian international umpire Darrell Hair, who is now the Executive Officer at the New South Wales Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association, has joined the Board of Baseball NSW as an Independent Director, according to an article in yesterday's 'Herald-Sun' newspaper.  The report goes on to say that despite taking up the new role, Hair has "no intentions of padding up and standing behind the catcher to call games".



Tuesday, 5 April 2011






Indian Test batsman Rahul Dravid has urged the cricket world to embrace the pink ball, day-night format for first class matches following the 'traditional' opening game of the English County season which was played in Abu Dhabi for the second year running last week (E-News 597-3002, 6 April 2010).  Dravid,  the only member of the MCC's World Cricket Committee (WCC) who is still playing at international level, says he found the pink ball, which had a white seam, easy to pick up when batting for the MCC (E-News 743-3645, 19 March 2011).


In the week leading up to Dravid's game between his MCC XI and last year's County champions Nottinghamshire, Mark Alleyne, the MCC's Head Coach, who is a former Gloucestershire all-rounder who played ten One Day Internationals for England, also declared his support for the newest version of the pink ball, which was manufactured by Australian company 'Kookaburra', after his MCC Young Cricketers side played in a three-day day-night match against a combined MCC Universities side in Abu Dhabi.  


Alleyne was quoted by the MCC as saying that he could find no fault with the performance of the ball.  "There’s no area where we can criticise the pink balls' behaviour and hardness retention at all".  It "swung a bit but not excessively and maintained its shape and shine throughout [and] I’ve got a couple of balls which are 93 overs old and [while] the seam is a bit flat we can still bowl with it and the colour is great".  "The pink ball is a good for first class cricket [and] I’m all for [it]", says Alleyne.


Dravid did not go into such detail in his comments, but an MCC press release says he enjoyed what was his first experience batting against the pink ball under the lights.  Unfortunately for him he got a duck in the first innings of the match but bounced back to make 106 the second time he was at the crease, a score that helped the MCC XI defeat last year's County champion Nottinghamshire in less than three days.  "I never found sighting the ball under the lights a problem at all", he says, although there are what he called "some things which need to be looked at, [an example being] the twilight period and dew which can be a problem in some parts of the world".  


Dew featured in a day-night World Cup game played in Bangladesh last month.  England bowler Graeme Swann said after that match that play had been "heavily influenced by dew", the ball becoming so wet during the evening session that "it was like trying to bowl with a bar of soap".  "The ball was "changed three times in total but it should have been changed every two or three overs", said Swann at the time (E-News 740-3634, 15 March 2011).


Dravid continued by saying that "as with any new innovation administrators and the players will need to take a leap of faith at some point", and he thinks "there is definitely a future if people are going to have to have an open mind to it", although "it would be beneficial to play some more trial matches at different venues and in different conditions as well", he says.  The WCC has been pushing the day-night, coloured ball format for the past three years, most recently after its latest meeting which was held in Perth just over three months ago (E-News 706-3461, 22 December 2010). 


The MCC’s captain for the Nottinghamshire match, Australian Chris Rogers, called the format the "way of the future" and stressed the importance of day-night trials and he believes "the sooner we can get that up and running the better".  Before the match Rogers said he had "no experience with a pink ball and I’m colourblind so it’s going to be an interesting experience", however, "I don’t think that’s going to be a problem for me really".  Later he scored 1 and 18 in the match.


Orange balls were used in day-night Sheffield Shield games way back in the 1996-97 season, the final of India's Ranji Trophy also being floodlit in 1997 although white balls were used in that game but they had to be replaced regularly.  The West India's 2009-10 domestic first class season saw pink balls and floodlights (E-News 564-2866, 3 February 2010), as did the interstate Second XI competition in Australia around the same time (E-News 565-2867, 4 February 2010), while this year's final of Pakistan's domestic first class competitions was a day-night affair (E-News 714-3596, 14 January 2011).


The umpires for the MCC-Nottinghamshire match in Abu Dhabi match were John Steele, 64, who is in his last season as a County umpire, and Michael Gough, 31.   It was Steele's 193rd first class match as an umpire and Gough's forty-third.






Photos taken during last Wednesday's TCUSA Annual Dinner, and during recent grand final and semi final matches in Cricket Tasmania's Premier League Grade competitions, are now available in slide 'show format' on the Association's web site.  Links to both sets of images have been provided on the TCUSA Home page at and can be viewed by clicking the '2011 Annual Dinner' photos' and 'Member's at work' tabs at the top of the page.  Roy Loh took all the photos on display and details of those who received awards is available in E-News 751 of 1 April.






Victorian umpire Darrell Holt has been honoured by Cricket Victoria (CV) with an Umpire Service Recognition Award for becoming the first umpire to preside in 500 CV Premier Cricket matches.  The 2010-11 summer was Holt's thirty-first on CV's Premier Umpires Panel, and the State body says his "commitment and professionalism sets a great example for aspiring officials to follow". 


Holt, who reached the 500 match mark just before Christmas and now has 506 under his belt, is also an umpire educator and has assisted in the set up a junior umpiring panel to assist teenagers umpire under age cricket matches before heading off to play in their own.  After Holt chalked up his 500th game, two others following him in reaching that figure soon after, first Paul Jensen early in the New Year and then former Test umpire Bill Sheahan last month, the latter achieving the mark later in the season than previously reported by this newsletter as a number of the games he was assigned to were washed out (E-News 716-3505, 17 January 2011),


Other Umpire Achievement Awards presented by CV at the end of the 2010-11 season were: Victorian member of the National Umpires Panel (NUP) Bob Parry who passed 400 in a Sheffield Shield game, Parry's NUP colleague John Ward plus Peter Smith, Bill Ellemor and former TCUSA member Russell Turner all reaching the 300 match mark, Ward in an interstate Twenty20. Those passing 200 games were Ash Barrow, another NUP member whose second century was also brought up in a interstate T20, plus Paul Balesia and David Jones, while Brad Davies passed 100 matches.


Records available indicate that Turner stood with the TCUSA for seven seasons from the mid 1980s until he moved to Melbourne in 1992, where after nineteen seasons his record at Grade level currently stands at 305 matches, 255 of them being in First Grade.  During his time in Hobart he stood in one Second Grade and three Third Grade Grand Finals, his overall match figures in the Tasmanian capital being 124 games, 66 of which were in First Grade.  In February last year he was the Victorian umpire at the 2010 Imparja Cup tournament in Alice Springs (E-News 567-2875, 8 February 2010).






The appeal by the Newcastle District Cricket Umpires Association (NDCUA) against the expulsion of both it and, in the words of its web site, its "esteemed member Royce McCormack", from the New South Wales Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association (NSWCUSA) was scheduled to have been heard in mid-March but as yet the outcome of the hearing has not been made public.  The expulsions occurred last year as a result of allegations that one newspaper report described as "collusion in [the NDCUA's] August election" (E-News 706-3462, 22 December 2010).


NSWCUSA executive officer and former Test umpire Darrell Hair was reported at the time 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 by the 'Newcastle Herald'.  


The NDCUA says on its web site that it would be represented at the hearing in the offices of Cricket NSW at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 10 March by "Mr. Tony Edwards, Barrister at Law and Mr David Tink, Solicitor", of Bilbie Dan Solicitors and Attorneys.  Bilbie Dan are listed on the NDCUA web site as its sponsor.






The '5IVES' format for one-day cricket "is a nice, well thought through concept [that] has a future", according to the Marylebone Cricket Club's (MCC) Head Coach Mark Alleyne.  The MCC, who organised two matches between its 'Young Cricketers' and 'Combined Universities' side to look at the concept last September (E-News 665-3275, 9 September 2010), staged a third trial in Abu Dhabi late last month that involved the same sides (E-News 743-3645, 19 March 2011).


Alleyne is quoted in an MCC press release as saying that 5IVES format, which sees teams bat alternatively in sets of five or ten overs, "offers a big challenge to the traditional cricketing set-up" because of "all the changeovers".  'The way change overs would affect the flow of the game was my main concern" prior to the game, he says, "but that turned out to be the least of the concerns".  


Instead Alleyne says that such change overs were "smooth and almost as quick as a normal bowling change".  In addition "the 10 overs split worked well [for] having batted for ten overs as a batsman I’m not that keen on starting again but that’s just a personal preference".  


Despite Alleyne's enthusiasm, the MCC did not indicate in its press release just how and when it plans to take the latest version on one-day cricket forward from here.



Thursday, 7 April 2011






The scope of Cricket Australia's (CA) inquiry into the game in Australia remains "a closely guarded secret", especially whether it will extend to the standard of cricket at Grade level, claims an article by Andrew Faulkner published in 'The Australian' newspaper earlier this week.  A range of former first class and Test players recently called for CA's probe to investigate what was called "the decline of Grade cricket", and specifically whether first-class players should be required to play more for their clubs.


Former Australian bowler Mike Whitney, who is currently the president of the Randwick-Petersham club in Sydney, is said to have 'wholly endorsed the calls for Shield players to play more club cricket'.  "If you're fit and well and looking for a bit of form, why wouldn't you go back to Grade cricket?", he asked, for "you can generally perform well dropping down a level so why wouldn't you want to do that [or] "are we getting soft?"  


Another well-known former bowler Jeff Thomson, used similar words, calling on CA to 'cull the layers of support staff advising coaches and to wind back bowlers' workloads', saying "telling bowlers they can't bowl just breeds soft quicks".


In a separate newspaper article this week, former Australian player and coach Bob Simpson, was quoted as describing the present era as the time of "fashions, fads and theories" and called on CA to "return to the practices that have served the game well for more than 130 years".  That includes jettisoning the "fads espoused by the plethora of coaches attending to the players' every whim", for he questioned the "kid-glove handling of fast bowlers that has coincided with their greatest casualty rate in memory".


A CA public relations officer was quoted by Faulkner as saying that the review panel, which includes former Test captains Allan Border, Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh, would set its own parameters.  So far there has been no public indication that umpiring will be considered as part of the review process.  






Pakistan's Aleem Dar and 'Billy' Bowden of New Zealand were the only members of the eighteen-man World Cup umpire group to have none of their decisions overturned as a result of referrals under the Umpire Decision Review System.  Dar, who stood in eight matches during the tournament, had fourteen of his decisions referred, including four in the final, while Bowden's ratio was nil out of six in five games on the field of play.


Dar and Australian Simon Taufel topped the list of WC games on the field with 8 each, followed with 7 for Australian Steve Davis and Englishman Ian Gould, 6 by Marais Erasmus (South Africa) and Rod Tucker (Australia), then with 5 were Bowden and his countryman Tony Hill, Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), Billy Doctrove (West Indies), Daryl Harper and Bruce Oxenford (both Australia), Nigel Llong of England and Asad Rauf of Pakistan, while Asoka de Silva (Sri Lanka), Richard Kettleborough (England), and Amish Saheba and Shavir Tarapore (both India), all had 4 each. 


Overall during this year's WC, Dharmasena was involved in the most referrals whilst standing in a match, 18, only two of them being changed after technology was consulted (2/18).  Harper had the most number overturned, 7 from 13 in 5 games, and de Silva the worst ratio with 5 of 8 changed after consultation with the third umpire over four matches.


After Dar and Bowden's zero overturns, came Erasmus with one from nine (1/9), Davis, Doctrove and Tarapore (all 1/8), Gould and Kettleborough (both 1/7), Oxenford 1/6, Dharmasena 2/18, Taufel and Tucker 2/11 each, Llong and Rauf both 2/9, Hill 3/7, Saheba 4/7, de silva 5/8 and Harper 7/13.


Dar and WC match referee Rajan Madugalle, who is a former Sri Lanka captain, were part of a five man panel that selected a WC 'Team of the Tournament'. 






Umpiring appointments released by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the 2011 English summer  indicate that the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will be in use during the three Tests the home side is to play against Sri Lanka in May-June, but not for the four Tests involving India in July-August.  The Board of Control for Cricket in India will not allow use of the UDRS in Tests involving its national side, it having a dozen scheduled over the next eight months against the West Indies, England away and at home, then Australia.


The ECB has only named fourth umpires for the Sri Lanka Tests, leaving the two on-field and third umpire spots for International Cricket Council (ICC) 'neutral' appointments.  For the Indian series, however, Richard Bailey, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough and Nigel Llong will work as third umpires in Tests one to four respectively, the quartet all being English members of the ICC's second-tier International Umpires Panel (E-News 749-3680, 30 March 2011). 


The five-match One Day International (ODI) series between England and Sri Lanka in June-July will see Kettleborough on the field in two matches, and Illingworth, Llong and Ian Gould, England member of the ICC's top-level Elite Umpires Panel, for one each.  For the five England-India ODIs in September, Gould will stand in two, and Illingworth, Gould and Kettleborough all one, the summer's one-dayers taking Illingworth's ODI tally to five, Kettleborough to eighteen, Llong to forty-six and Gould to fifty-eight.


Rob Bailey, who joined the IUP this year as England's second third umpire, will work as the television umpire in a ODI for the first time in the opening Sri Lanka match at Kennington Oval in London in late June, and also in a Test when England-India start their series in late July at Lord's.  Bailey will be the television official in a second ODI, Kettleborough and Llong three times each, and Illingworth two.  






The International Cricket Council's (ICC) Executive Board has appointed Australian umpire Steve Davis as the Umpires Representative on the ICC Cricket Committee (CC).  The CC's role is to discuss and consult on matters related to the playing of the game, but any recommendations it makes do not come into effect until they are ratified by the ICC's Chief Executivbes Committee (CEC) and the Executive Board.  


Davis, who turns 59 this Saturday and was recommended to the Board for the CC by the CEC, has been an international umpire since 1992 and to date has stood in 104 One Day Internationals, the latest the World Cup semi final in Colombo between Sri Lanka and New Zealand last week, as well as 34 Test matches and 14 Twenty20 internationals.


Davis replaces his countryman Simon Taufel who the ICC says "has decided to focus more on his umpiring duties".






The Indian team has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the World Cup (WC) Final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Saturday.  Match referee Jeff Crowe from New Zealand imposed the fines after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration.  


In accordance with International Cricket Council Code of Conduct regulations governing minor over-rate offences, players are fined ten per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.  As such, Dhoni was fined twenty per cent of his match fee and his players ten per-cent.


Meanwhile the ICC says this year's WC was the first to have an average run rate of more than five runs per over, the actual figure averaging 5.03.  The previous highest was 4.95 runs per over in the 2007 competition in the West Indies and there has been a generally steady rise from 3.91 per over in the first tournament in 1975, which was a sixty over per team event.


In contrast to the overall trend of an increasing run rate, the average runs per wicket has remained consistent throughout the history of the competition; with the slight exception of 1979, which was played in disappointing weather early in the English summer. 






The coin had to be tossed twice prior to the start of the World Cup final in Mumbai on Saturday because match referee Jeff Crowe of New Zealand couldn't hear who called 'heads' because of the noise being made by the crowd in the stadium.  Second time around Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara made the correct call and chose to bat first.


Cricinfo's on-line commentary said that "obviously one captain knew that he lost the toss but because of the confusion he got away with it".  "Sangakkara would have known what he called, and the coin fell one way, so the captains could have sorted it out but they didn't". "Can the third umpire try to lip read the what Sangakara called?", it asked.



Saturday, 9 April 2011






Former South African umpire Rudi Koertzen, who retired from international appointments last year, has returned for this year's Indian Premier League (IPL-4) Twenty20 season (E-News 642-3191, 30 July 2010).  Australians Paul Reiffel and Rod Tucker are also part of what is believed to be a 17-man umpiring panel that will be looking after IPL-4 which got underway in Chennai overnight, Reiffel being on the field for the opening game. 


Umpires contracted by the IPL for its 74-match, seven week long tournament, are believed to be: Koertzen; Reiffel, Simon Taufel, and Rod Tucker (Australia); Billy Doctrove (West Indies); Aleem Dar and Asad Rauf (Pakistan); Tony Hill (New Zealand); Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), Russell Tiffin (Zimbabwe), and Indians Sudhir Asnani, Sanjay Hazare, Krishna Hariharan, S Ravi, Amish Saheba, Suresh Shastri and Shavir Tarapore.  Nine of the seventeen, Dar, Dharmasena, Doctrove, Hill, Rauf, Saheba, Tarapore, Taufel and Tucker, have been on the sub-continent for the World Cup event over the last six weeks (E-News 754-3702, 7 April 2011).


Dar, Doctrove, Hill, Rauf, Taufel and Tucker are all members of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) top-level Elite Umpires Panel (EUP), and Asnani, Dharmasena, Hazare, Reiffel, Saheba, Tarapore  and Tiffin the world body's second-tier International Umpires Panel (IUP).  Koertzen is a retired EUP member, who is now the ICC's Umpire Regional Performance Manager for Africa, and Hariharan and Shastri are both former members of the IUP.  


Reiffel and Tucker are the two newcomers to the IPL, the others involved this year having stood in at least one of the competition's previous three tournaments.  Doctrove, Hariharan, Koetzen, Saheba and Tiffin are the only umpires to have been appointed to all four IPL events to date, notable omissions from the panel in 2010 being Marais Erasmus an EUP member from South Africa who was there in 2009 and 2010, and his countryman Brian Jerling, who worked in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 tournaments.


A total of ten Indian first class umpires are to work as fourth umpires during IPL-4.  They are:  K N Ananthapadmanabhan, K Barthan, Anil Choudhary, Subrat Das, Vineet Kulkarni, Nandan, Nikhil Patwardhan, C Shamshuddin, K Srinath and Ravi Subramanyam.






Six match referees from four countries, all of whom are current members of International Cricket Council (ICC) referees panels, are to manage this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament over the next seven weeks.   Two of those chosen, Graeme Labrooy from Sri Lanka and Raju Mukherjee of India, will be working for the IPL for the first time, while the others are South African Devdas Govindjee, Roshan Mahanama of Sri Lanka, India's Javagal Srinath and Andy Pycroft of Zimbabwe.  Mahanama, Pycroft and Srinath are members of the ICC's top-level match referees group, while Govindjee, Labrooy and Mukherjee are on its second-tier Regional Referees Panel.






Six umpires from four nations and a match referee from a fifth, managed the International Cricket Council's (ICC) East Asia Pacific (EAP) Division 2 Twenty20 tournament held in Samoa this week.  The event saw teams from the Cook Islands, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Tonga and the host nation play a total of 15 matches over the last five days.  


Umpires who took part in the event were: Peter Poulos and Leavau Simaika (Samoa); Grant Johnston and Greg Walton (Vanuatu); Koria Patia (Cook Islands); and Walesi Soqoiwasa (Fiji).  The match referee was former New Zealand international umpire Brian Aldridge, the EAP member of the ICC's six-man Regional Referees Panel for 2011.  No details are available about who the scorers were for the tournament.






Otago fast bowler Neil Wagner became only the fifth bowler in first-class cricket to take five wickets in an over when he equalled the world record in a first class match against Wellington in Queenstown on Wednesday.  The South African-born left-armer took four wickets with the first four balls of the over, a double hat-trick, then another on the sixth, in the process reducing Wellington from 4/136 to 9/136 , a situation that eventually saw them loose the match in less than three days.


Wagner told a journalist that his bowling ""was freakish stuff, everything I bowled just came out right".  "Once I got the first wicket I could see the ball was swinging so I just tried to bowl full and straight [and] the yorkers came out perfectly", he continued.  "I didn't know anything about the record until we were walking off the pitch, I was just pleased to get the hat-trick", added the bowler. 


Wagner joins a select list which includes: Bill Copson (Derbyshire v Warwickshire, 1937); William Henderson (Northern Transvaal v Orange Free State 1938); Pat Pocock (Surrey v Sussex, 1972); and Yasir Arafat (Rawalpindi v Faisalabad 2004).



Monday, 11 April 2011






TCUSA umpire member Sam Nogajski was named Tasmanian 'State Umpire of the Year' for 2010-11 at Cricket Tasmania's (CT) annual Ricky Ponting Medal dinner for State-level cricket on Friday evening.  Nogajski's award marks the end of a successful season that saw him join Cricket Australia's (CA) emerging umpires group, stand in his first senior interstate one-day match, win the TCUSA's 'Grade Umpire of the Year' trophy and selection in CT's Grade 'Team of the Year', both the latter for the third time in a row (E-News 751-3682, 1 April 2011).


Nogajski's season, his eighth as an umpire with the TCUSA, commenced back in July when he was appointed by CA to the Emerging Players Tournament (EPT) in Brisbane for the first time, last year's event seeing him and CA's three other emerging umpires work in matches involving teams from the Australian Institute of Sport, New Zealand, India and South Africa (E-News 656-3248, 20 August 2010).  The annual tournament is a key event in CA's umpire development pathway, half of the current members of CA's 12-man National Umpires Panel (NUP), being promoted to join that group after proving themselves at EPT level.   


During the 2010-11 summer proper, the highlight for Nogajski at senior interstate level was his appointment to stand in a one-day match for the first time, the game being between Tasmania and New South Wales in Burnie in early December (E-News 693-3398, 5 November 2010).  In addition, he also worked in three other senior one-day interstate games as the third umpire, and in the same role in a single Twenty20 (T20).


At State Second XI level, there were two Futures League three-day matches and five Futures T20 fixtures, the latter including, for the second year running, selection for the main final of the T20 event (E-News 708-3472, 24 December 2010). There were also three women's interstate matches, one in the Womens National Cricket League and two in T20s.  


During the first half of the season, CA nominated Nogajski for the Australian Sports Commission's National Officiating Scholarship Program, although he was eventually not successful because of what CA said was the "high number and extremely high calibre of applicants" the ASC received from across the nation in many sports (E-News 730-3588, 22 February 2011).  Despite that his nomination for the scholarship suggests he is rated well by the national body, but whether that translates into his promotion to the NUP sometime in the next few months, if indeed there is a vacancy, remains to be seen.






A rapid declaration followed by an innings forfeiture in a first class match in New Zealand between Central Districts and Auckland last week had some in the press there talking about "collusion".  Canterbury was leading the Plunket Shield competition going into the last round and if Central Districts was to overtake them and win the Shield they needed an outright win and Canterbury to loose their match against Northern Districts, but in the end the weather and a win by Canterbury silenced discussion on the matter.


Auckland, who were last on the competition table at the start of the match and out of contention for the Shield, batted until the morning of the third day of their match in Napier last Wednesday before declaring at 4/471, then Central Districts declared their first innings closed soon after at 1/5.  In an apparent attempt to push for an outright win, Auckland captain Gareth Hopkins forfeited his team's second innings, a move that left Central needing 467 from 175 overs.  By stumps on day three they were 2/159, however, rain intervened on day four on Thursday and no play was possible, the same day Canterbury won its match outright and thus secured the Shield. 


When news of the what was happening in Napier filtered through to the ground where top of the table Canterbury were playing Northern Districts on Wednesday, Canterbury Cricket chief executive Lee Germon was said by press reports to be "visibly upset".  He is reported that have told journalists that "I'm sorry, I'm not going to comment, I can't", but media reports stated that they "understand Germon contacted New Zealand Cricket [NZC] and lodged a complaint".  Those reports also claimed Germon wanted to get his complaint to NZC "as early as possible" so he could not be accused of sour grapes if Central Districts went on to win the title.


NZC rules state there is to be no collusion between teams and a match in December 2009 between Northern Districts and Auckland was investigated when both teams forfeited an innings to manufacture a result, but there was no evidence of collusion found in that game (E-News 538-2755, 23 December 2009).  Rain had cost the teams almost three days' play in that match and Auckland forfeited their first innings and Northern Districts their second to set up a last day chase for Auckland to go for outright points, however, Northern won outright and four months later ended up the competition's winners for 2009-10.  






Hobart-based statistician Ric Finlay believes that the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) has "clearly shown" umpires have been too conservative in considering LBW appeals in the past".  In a short article on the Cricinfo web site late last week, Finlay wrote that the higher incidence of LBW dismissals for both spin and quick bowlers is a result "not only of the direct intervention of video replays, but also, in all probability, of a realisation by umpires [after watching copious replays] that they are safer in giving out what they originally would have considered to be marginal decisions only a year or two ago". 


Finlay says that batsmen have been "getting away with murder for years", but as they are "now at greater risk in being given out LBW at the top level", it will be "interesting to see what [they] will do to counter the danger they now face".  "Presumably playing straighter", and less “across the line” will be a first strategy, but also "coming down the wicket more might be an effective counter", says Finlay.  That may mean we might see "more stumpings as a result", and "it is fascinating to watch the game continually evolving".    






The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has appointed two umpires who are not members of the International Cricket Council's second-tier International Umpires Panel (IUP) for the final of its  'Regional Four Day' first class competition which is currently being played in Barbados between Jamaica and Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) sides.  


Nigel Duguid, 41, of Guyana, who is standing in his seventh first class game, and former IUP member Goaland Greaves, 53, of St Vincent his forty-fourth, are looking after the match on the field, while the match referee is Mervyn Jones who records indicate is working in that capacity for the fifteenth time, however, it appears to be six years since he last worked in a first class game. 


Duguid and Greaves both stood in semi finals of the competition last week, the former with Clancy Mack, 55, of Antigua, another former IUP member, and the latter with Gregory Brathwaite, 41, of Barbados who joined the IUP as a third umpire last month (E-News 741-3638, 16 March 2011).  Brathwaite is the reserve umpire for the Jamaica-CCC final. 


The Caribbean's two current on-field umpires on the IUP, Norman Malcolm of Jamaica and Peter Nero of Trinidad and Tobago, stood in the final of the WICB's one-day competition last October, and Malcolm and Brathwaite in its Twenty20 final in January.    






United Arab Emirates (UAE) batsman Arshad Ali has been reprimanded and warned about his future conduct for "showing dissent at an umpire's decision" during a World Cricket League Division 2 (WCL2) match against Namibia in Dubai on Friday.  Arshad pleaded guilty to the charge laid against him by umpires Gary Baxter, a New Zealand member of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) second-tier International Umpires Panel, and Sarika Prasad of Singapore, who is from the world body's third-tier Associates and Affiliates International Umpires’ Panel (E-News 747-3669, 25 March 2011).


Match referee Graeme La Brooy of Sri Lanka said in an ICC statement that he hoped Arshad "has learnt that there is no place for this type of behaviour in the game and that the spirit of the game should be maintained at all times. I also trust that in future, he will be more courteous and pay others the respect that they deserve".  After a disciplinary hearing held to establish the seriousness of the offence, La Brooy ruled a Level 1 breach was involved.  


All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of a reprimand and a warning and, as with other breaches at that level, the ICC  match referee’s decision is final and binding.






South African umpire Johannes Cloete, 39, is the neutral umpire for the three-match One day International series between Bangladesh and Australia, his first overseas appointment in a senior international match.  Cloete, who was promoted to an on-field position on the International Cricket Council's second-tier International Umpires Panel late last year (E-News 687-3372, 23 October 2010), stood in his first ODI in November 2009, and will take his tally to nine by the end of the current series. 


Match referee for the series is Roshan Mahanama, who will have worked in that capacity in a total of 166 ODIs by the time the current series ends on Wednesday.  He also played 213 ODIs for Sri Lanka over the fourteen years from 1986, four of which were at Bellerive in 1988, 1990, 1996 and 1999.






Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar, who played the game at first class level over the ten years from the mid-1980s, hit a "useful 62" in his Lahore Whites side's win against Gujranwala Green in a zone quarter final of Pakistan's National Senior Cup played in Lahore on Saturday.  


Dar had stood in the final of the World Cup in Mumbai with Australian Simon Taufel seven days before the quarter final, and both men are currently taking a break at home before travelling back to India next month to officiate in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) extravaganza (E-News 755-3707, 9 April 2011).  Given their profile it appears likely that the pair will officiate in the last stages of the competition, and may already have been ear marked for the IPL final on 28 May. 






Indian bat manufacturing experts have blamed a fall in the moisture content in the wood for the number of bat-breaking incidents on the sub-continent in recent weeks.  India's Gautam Gambhir broke his bat in the World Cup final against Sri Lanka, then on Saturday and again on Sunday similar incidents occurred in separate Indian Premier League matches.


Pankaj Kumar, who works for a Jalandhar-based bat manufacturer, told NDTV Sports that "the moisture content of the wood [for bats] should range between 8-16 per cent'.  "When [it] falls below 8 per cent, as is the case in dry summer heat, the wood becomes brittle, which may be one reason behind breaking of the bats".  An addition factor is that international players want their bats to be "match-ready" and the wood is therefore not "hard pressed", something that can also lead to bats breaking more easily, says Kumar.



Wednesday, 13 April 2011






Peter Nero from Trinidad and Tobago has been named to make his debut in a senior international, first in a Twenty20 (T20I) between the West Indies and Pakistan in St Lucia next week, and then over the fortnight after that in the five-match One Day International (ODI) series between those two sides.  Asoka de Silva of Sri Lanka has been appointed as the 'neutral' umpire for the series and Jeff Crowe of New Zealand the match referee, Nero's Jamaican colleague Norman Malcolm being the other umpire named for on-field work.  


Malcolm, 56, is a long-serving West Indian member of the International Cricket Council's second-tier International Umpires Panel (IUP) while Nero, 46, was promoted to that group just last month, leap frogging the IUP third umpire position on the way (E-News 741-3638, 16 March 2011).  The pair will stand together in the T20I tomorrow week, a game that will see Windies' new IUP third umpire member Gregory Brathwaite of Barbados make his international debut in the television suite after a rapid rise through domestic ranks.


In the ODIs de Silva will work with Norman on the field in three of the games and Nero in two, the two West Indians being the third umpire when the other is on the field during the series.  Norman's three games on the ground will take his ODI tally to 28 since his debut in July 2007, while by the end of the series de Silva's ODI match record as an umpire will move on to 119 and Crowe's as a match referee to 145.  As players the Sri Lankan took part in 28 ODIs and the Kiwi 75.


Nero made his debut in first class cricket in February 2008 and has since gone on to stand in 15 matches at that level, two of them in England and three in Bangladesh during exchange visits to those two countries (E-News 572-2899, 19 February 2010).  His one-day experience at representative level currently stands at ten, seven at domestic level and the last three, which were six months ago, when the 'A' sides from the West Indies and Pakistan met in the Caribbean.  He also has 11 domestic representative T20s under his belt, all of them played in the 10 months since his debut in that tournament in July last year.


Brathwaite, 40, made his first class debut last November and has since stood in a total of seven games, as well as two domestic one-day matches over the same period.  Data available indicates he has worked as a third umpire in three West Indies Cricket Board T20 domestic competition matches, all of which were played in January this year.






Three Queensland-based umpires, two of them international members of Cricket Australia's (CA) National Umpire Panel (NUP) and the third one of the national body's emerging umpires group, will each stand in two matches in the three-game One Day International (ODI) series the Australian and New Zealand women's teams are to play in Brisbane in June.   


Bruce Oxenford and Paul Reiffel, members of both the NUP and the International Cricket Council's second-tier International Umpires Panel, have each previously stood in single women's Tests and two ODIs, although not together, Oxenford also standing in a number of Womens National Cricket League (WNCL) games last decade.  Oxenford's last international appointment was in the World Cup, while Reiffel is currently standing in the Indian Premier League (E-News 755-3707, 9 April 2011).  


Mealey, one of CA's four-man emerging umpires group, stood in two previous womens' Twenty20 Internationals between the Australian and New Zealand sides, both in June 2009, as well as in the WNCL's one-day and T20 series over the last few years.


June's ODIs are a continuation of the Rose Bowl series that was underway in New Zealand when the Christchurch earthquake struck in February.  The two sides had already played four Twenty20 Internationals in New Zealand and the contest stood at 2-2 in the lead up to what were to have been three ODIs in Christchurch.  The Australian side was in the South Island city preparing for those game when the quake occurred and caused their abandonment and later move to Brisbane in June. 






Cricket Victoria's (CV) disciplinary tribunal had a busy 2010-11 season according to data posted on CV's web site, a total of 11 players being listed as having been handed suspensions or fines over the summer across the competition's top four Grades.  Offences that led to reports ranged from dissent from an umpire's decision, to offensive language, audible obscenities, abuse of other persons, equipment abuse, "misbehaviour", and one for what is labelled "unfair play".  


Eight of the suspensions handed down involved players each being stood down for one week, while the unfair play charge drew a two match ban that was "wholly suspended" until the end of this calendar year, and the misbehaviour report a three-match ban, two games of which were suspended until the end of the 2011-12 season.  Former Tasmanian fast-medium bowler Mark Ridgway, 50, who is now coach of the Casey-South Melbourne side, was reported for dissent late in the season and fined $750, two-thirds of which was suspended until the end of the 2011-12 season.  






Indian Premier League (IPL) organisers are again stressing the importance of 'Spirit of Cricket' issues in its event this year with the captain's of each of the ten franchise sides being required to signed a charter pledging to uphold the philosophy prior to the 74-match, seven-week, tournament getting underway last week.  The IPL has made much of the importance of 'Spirit of Cricket' issues from the start of its inaugural series in 2008 (E-News 216-1205, 23 March 2008).




Friday, 15 April 2011






Cricket Australia (CA) is undertaking a survey of all accredited cricket umpires across the country as part of moves to develop strategies to improve the recruitment and retention of match officials.  Preliminary results from the survey, the first of its kind conducted by the national body, are to be reviewed at CA's two-day post season meeting of senior umpiring officials from all States and Territories in two weeks time.  


The survey, which consists of 32 separate questions and is being distributed to around 1,500 Level 1 and 2 Accredited umpires around the nation via e-mail, is being conducted for CA by independent research consultancy 'SportINFO'.  CA is calling on anyone who has completed Accreditation programs who have not been advised of the survey to provide their thoughts via an on-line link, for it is keen to obtain the views from as many qualified match officials as possible.  


Key issues canvassed in the survey include: how satisfied umpires are with the role they play; the adequacy of current training and development programs; general communication issues; the appropriateness of support provided by local umpiring Associations; mentoring programs and their value; whether individuals see themselves umpiring next season and in five years time; and what local Association can do to "improve the experience of being a cricket umpire".  'SportINFO' says that the survey takes around nine minutes to complete.      


Most umpiring Associations around the world, including the TCUSA, face an on-going challenge of having sufficient, well-trained, umpires to cover all matches in the competitions for which they supply officials (E-News 609-3054, 21 May 2010), and CA wants the factors involved addressed.  CA made clear last month that it believes the standard of umpiring in Australia is high (E-News 743-3644, 19 March 2011), but is focussed on ensuring its "umpiring stocks" are strengthened at all levels, and the survey is seen as a key part of its efforts to achieve that goal.


Sean Cary, CA's Umpire Manager, told E-News yesterday that during the normal post-season meeting on 28-29 April in Melbourne, State and Territory Directors of Umpiring, members of CA's Umpire High Performance Panel (UHPP), and staff from CA's head office, will look at preliminary feedback from the survey, and start discussions on ways in which people can be encourage to take up umpiring and, importantly, ensure that they stay in the game.


In addition to survey feedback the Melbourne meeting, which is expected to involved 12-15 people and be led by Cary, will also review overall strategic program priorities that CA set twelve months ago for the umpiring area in 2010-11.  That will allow issues that need further action to be identified, which will in turn help in the formulation of national priorities in the umpiring area for the year ahead. 


Cary says that other matters currently on the Melbourne agenda include: the future direction for the Emerging Players Tournament and corresponding Emerging Umpires Program; up-dates on umpire Level 1 and 2 Accreditation programs; and discussions on Umpire Professional Development programs provided to all State panels by UHPP and National Umpire Panel members around the country each summer.  Cary says though that he is sure that a number of other discussion points will 'crop up" during the two-day gathering.  


Inputs to CA's umpiring survey can be made at:



Monday, 18 April 2011






Cricket Australia (CA) has been urged by 'Wisden' editor Scyld Berry to follow the Australian Football League's (AFL) lead and appoint an independent governing body to run it.  Berry, who has visited Australia several times, including for last summer's Ashes series, said he was disheartened that the AFL was, in his words, taking cricket's place as the national team sport.


Under CA's current rules, State cricket associations each appoint their own delegates to the national body's Board, with the numbers weighted in favour of founding members New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.  CA's constitution is the same as in the 19th century, writes Berry, "in the same way the constitutions of most Test-playing countries, as well as the International Cricket Council, are unfit for modern purposes".


Berry's comments comes during a CA-commissioned governance review, led by two experts, David Crawford and Colin Carter, who both have past links to the AFL Commission (E-News 754-3701, 7 April 2011).  Crawford oversaw the 1992 report that resulted in the current structure of the AFL Commission, while Carter was an AFL commissioner for 15 years.  


The national expansion and financial growth of the AFL can be traced back to the then-VFL's formation of an independent commission, says Berry, and "now the Victorian Football League is the [AFL], thriving nationwide and attracting young elite athletes with its average salary of $A230,000, twice that of the State cricketer, and with 800 jobs available - eight times as many as in professional cricket".






A teenage spectator died after being struck by a ball hit by batsman during at a local cricket match in the Naglanath area of Uttar Pradesh last week.  A police inspector told reporters in Shahjahanpur, some 150 km from Lucknow, that eyewitnesses had told him that Mohammad Azeem "was watching the match from near the boundary line [and] fainted after being hit" in the abdomen.  He was was rushed to hospital but doctors declared him dead on arrival.






Australian umpires Simon Taufel and Rod Tucker are the only two umpires believed to have been contracted to stand in this year's Indian Premier League series who are yet to appear in a match, however, Paul Reiffel, the only other Australian in the mix, has been on the field in four of the matches played up until last night.  


Fifteen umpires have been used in the seventeen IPL-4 games that have been completed so far, and the only umpire other than Reiffel to have stood in four games in the ten days of the competition to date is South African Rudi Koertzen, a former long-serving member of the International Cricket Council's top-level Elite Umpires Panel.  Koertzen is standing in his fourth IPL series (E-News 755-3707, 9 April 2011).


Taufel and Tucker have plenty of time in which to join IPL-4 for it still has just under six weeks and 55 matches to run before the final is played in Chennai on the last Sunday of May.






Hong Kong batsman Mark Chapman was reprimanded and warned for his future conduct after he "showed dissent at an umpire's decision" in his side's World Cricket League Division 2  (WCL-2) match against Papua New Guinea in Dubai on Friday.  Chapman pleaded guilty to the charge which was laid against him by on-field umpires Theunis van Schalkwyk of Namibia and Sri Ganesh of Singapore.


Match referee Graeme La Brooy of Sri Lanka said in an International Cricket Council (ICC) press release that he hoped "Mr Chapman, as a young and potential player for the future, has learned that there is no place for this type of behaviour in the game and that the spirit of the game should be maintained at all times. I also trust that in future, he will be more courteous and pay others the respect that they deserve".


Umpires van Schalkwyk Ganesh were described in the ICC release as both being members of the International Cricket Council's third-tier Associates and Affiliates Umpires' Panel (AAUP), however, the world body's web site only lists the Namibian as a AAUP member.


United Arab Emirates batsman Arshad Ali was similarly reprimanded and warned about his future conduct after he showed dissent at an umpire's decision in a WCL-2 game the previous week (E-News 756-3715, 11 April 2011). 






Cricket Victoria (CV) was awarded an Australian Crime and Prevention award for its 'Harmony in Cricket' initiative during a ceremony at Parliament House in Melbourne on Friday.  Victoria's Minister for Crime and Prevention, Andrew McIntosh, presented the award to CV, in doing so acknowledging the Harmony project's promotion of "inclusion, social interaction and an active lifestyle as the foundation for stronger and safer communities".


Harmony in Cricket's prime mandate is that cricket is for everyone, irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or ability.  The award specifically recognised CV's engagement of multicultural communities, in particular the Sunshine Heights and Eaglehawk Cricket Clubs, who have aided the integration of "Indian, Karen, South African, Sudanese, Ugandan and Vietnamese refugee families" through cricket.  The Crime and Prevention Awards are an initiative of the Australian Government's Institute of Criminology.






A club in the Manning River District Cricket Association (MRDCA) on the mid north coast of New South Wales plans to seek changes in the MRDCA's appeals process at the Association's annual meeting later this year.  The Wingham club's all-rounder Matt Essery was barred from the competition's A-Grade Grand Final on the weekend after he was charged in a semi-final ten days ago with "serious dissent against an umpire and using abusive language to an umpire".


Essery was suspended for four competition days by the MRDCA judiciary last week.  The 'Manning River Times' ('MRT'), reported on Friday that Essery pleaded guilty to both charges but "provided a letter to the [disciplinary hearing] explaining what he believed were mitigating circumstances".   Just what the latter were were not made public, but whatever was involved failed to sway the judiciary and Essery was given the maximum penalty of four competition days suspended, for under MRDCA By Laws each charge carries a two-day suspension.


Wingham secretary Steve Campbell is said by the 'MRT' article as conceding that his club "have exhausted all avenues of appeal".  "We tried to appeal to the Mid North Coast Council but were told they would only rule on the process and not the actual length of the suspension", said Campbell, and "they said in their opinion there was nothing wrong with the process".


Campbell said his club believes the judiciary should have taken Essery's record into account.  "He's been playing A-grade for 28 years", "this is his first blemish", however, while "good behaviour is considered in a criminal court", it is not "in a Manning Cricket Association judiciary hearing".  "It stinks", he continued, and Wingham is concerned at the lack of avenue for appeal on judiciary findings".  "We'll be raising this at the MRDCA's annual meeting", said Campbell.


MRDCA president Tony Weston did not sit on the judiciary and he limited his comments to the 'MRT' to saying that "the judiciary followed the Association's code of conduct".

Thursday, 21 April 2011





Cricket Australia (CA) has received just over 300 completed responses to its National Umpire Survey in the week since it was released as part of a program to improve the recruitment and retention of match officials around the country (E-News 758-3723, 15 April 2011).  Preliminary results from the survey, the first of its kind conducted by the national body, are to be reviewed late next week, and accredited umpires who have yet to respond are being encouraged to do so soon by CA's Umpire Manager Sean Cary. 


As of yesterday, two-thirds of the on-line returns had come from Victoria and New South Wales, 139 responses or 45% from the former State, and 68 or 22% from the latter.  After that comes Queensland with 38 returns (12%), South Australia 24 (8%), Western Australia 23 (8%), while the regions with smaller umpiring memberships, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Tasmania, had respectively 8 (3%), 4 (1%) and 4 (1%) returns each.  


Ninety-nine per cent of respondents to date have been male, with 256 or 83% of the 308 returns being from Level 2 accredited umpires and the other 52 from Level 1 certificate holders.  In terms of experience, half of those who have made their views known have been umpiring for between six and fifteen years.


Cary said yesterday that advice on the survey was originally sent via e-mail to 1,400 individuals who have passed Level 1 and 2 courses, with input from others who are not on CA's distribution lists being sought via publicity in E-News and other formats.  Just how many of the e-mails addresses CA used are current is not clear for E-News has received reports from accredited umpires in a number of States who say they have yet to receive a message from CA.  Despite that the response rate so far has been encouraging says Cary, however, he hopes others will be able, over the next few days, to spend the ten minutes needed to complete and submit the survey form.          


The survey, which consists of 32 separate questions, is being conducted for CA by independent research consultancy 'SportINFO'.  CA's post-season meeting of senior umpiring officials from all States and Territories which is to be held in Melbourne on Thursday-Friday next week, is to review initial feedback from the survey, and Cary wants as many people as possible to make their views known well before that meeting gets underway. 


Inputs to CA's umpiring survey can be made at:






Cricket Australia (CA) has "handed a bag of pink and orange balls" to the International Cricket Council (ICC) so it can continue the "thus-far fruitless quest" to find a suitable ball for day-night Tests, says a report in 'The Australian' newspaper yesterday.  Journalist Andrew Faulkner writes that CA's move is "not an admission of defeat" in the search for a suitable ball, rather it "wants the world's cricket community to share the load in cracking the coloured ball code".


CA has, along with the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), been at the forefront of the push for day-night Tests over the last three years.  Public statements made about the issue by members of those two organisations over that time have run from indications that day-night Tests could be played "in the next year" (E-News 457-2375, 16 July 2009), right through to declarations that there are too many technical challenges in developing a suitable ball (E-News 562-2855, 1 February 2010).  


Faulkner's article yesterday suggests that the ICC believes, after testing in non-international matches in Australia, Pakistan and Abu Dhabi and elsewhere, that pink and orange balls have emerged as the most likely options.  Night Tests need a coloured ball because red ones are too hard to see under lights and white balls can only be used with coloured clothing, and in the past ball manufacturers have had trouble making a coloured ball that keeps its shine.  


So far "the tests are mostly positive with some reservations around batting in the twilight period", said an ICC spokesman, but "on the face of it, it appears to make little difference whether the ball is pink or orange".  One report from an MCC-sponsored match in Abu Dhabi last month suggested that one of the newest balls on trial, which was pink with a white seam, was still serviceable after 93 overs and its colour was still "great" (E-News 753-3694, 5 April 2011).


CA's apparent passing of the issue to the ICC comes over a year after Melbourne-based CA called for an internationally-cooirdinated approach to ball development (E-News 568-2878, 10 February 2010).  Soon after that the world body announced that it was to consider day-night Test matches as part of "urgent product research and analysis" into the game at the top level.  That study's key focus was described at the time as being "a competitive analysis of other sports and entertainment products as well as further consumer research into product development" (E-News 572-2896, 19 February 2010).    


Three months later, in May last year, the ICC 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 (E-News 610-3061, 24 May 2010).  At that time the ICC stated that it was going to "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".  However, just how much work the ICC, as opposed to CA and the MCC, has actually done to move the issue forward in a technical sense rather than just talking the matter up is not clear.  


CA public affairs manager Peter Young was quoted by 'The Australian' yesterday as saying that it made sense for his organisation to surrender its research to the ICC "so it could continue the search for a suitable ball on behalf of world cricket".  "We've bundled up all the work we have done and given it to the ICC", he said, for "it's not just an Australian issue. It's a global issue" and "globally, most premium sport [such as Test cricket] is played at night".


The ICC's Cricket Committee, which is chaired by former West Indies captain and ICC match referee Clive Lloyd, is expected to look at the latest results of match trials at its annual meeting in London next month.






A new book about the Duckworth-Lewis system that is used almost universally around the world to arrive at target scores in one-innings games interrupted by weather is to be released today.  Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis, the mathematicians who devised the method named after them, were awarded the MBE for their services to cricket last year (E-News 621-3107, 13 June 2010), however, the system has come under attack from time-to-time (E-News 604-3033, 9 May 2010). 


The pair have written a 213 page book which chronicles the events that set in chain the system's rise to global renown from the early 1990s through to its adopted by the International Cricket Council in 1996, and up to the present day.  The publication is titled 'Duckworth-Lewis: The Method and the Men Behind It', its publisher is Sports Books Limited and the ISBN reference number 978-1-907524-00-4.  The book is available in the UK for £12.99 and indications are that it will be available in Australia for $25-30.





Australian umpire Rod Tucker joined the Indian Premier League's (IPL) match officials compliment in Delhi on Wednesday evening for the first time, his on-field colleague in what was game 19 of the series being countryman Paul Reiffel who was standing in his fifth IPL game.  Tucker's arrival leaves fellow Australian Simon Taufel as the only one of the 17 umpires reports say has been contracted to the IPL this year for on-field or third umpire work, who is yet to join the bandwagon (E-News 758-3726, 18 April 2011).






United Arab Emirates (UAE) off-spinner Nasir Aziz was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during the final of the World Cricket League's Division 2 tournament against Namibia played in Dubai last Friday.  Aziz, 24, who took three wickets in the match, was reported after the game by on-field umpires Sarika Prasad of Singapore and Buddhi Pradhan of Nepal and third umpire Gary Baxter of New Zealand. 


International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament referee Graeme La Brooy of Sri Lanka provided a copy of the umpire's report to UAE team manager Mazhar Khan the day after the game.  The ICC has asked the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to make arrangements for the assessment of Aziz's bowling action by mid-May, and as soon as that has been completed, the ECB must formally report back to the ICC as to what the results of the tests were and what action has been taken.  In the meantime Aziz is still free to take part in international cricket.


UAE coach Kabir Khan, a former Pakistan international, is reported to be confident Nasir Aziz will be cleared.






South African umpire Rudi Koertzen, who is now the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Regional Umpire Performance Manager for Africa, is to head the seven-man umpiring group from five nations who will officiate in the World Cricket League (WCL) Division 7 tournament in Botswana in the first week of May.   


Six teams, Germany, Japan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Norway and home side Botswana, will take part in the tournament which will be played in the 50 over one-day format from 1-8 May at three grounds in Gaborone the African country's capital.  The winner of the 18-match event, which will be hosted by the Botswana Cricket Association, will be promoted to WCL Division 6.


Apart from Koertzen the other umpires are: Lalji Bhudia, Rockie D’Mello, David Odhiambo (Kenya); Steven Douglas (Bermuda); Patrick Makumbi (Uganda); and Andrew Louw (Namibia).  Locals Ravi Angara and Deepak Madangarli are the reserve umpires.  Englishman David Jukes who is the Europe member of the ICC's Regional Referee's Panel for 2011, will be the tournament referee.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011




State and Territory Directors of Umpiring (STDU) are to be briefed on work being undertaken by Cricket Australia (CA) to develop 'on-line' platforms for sections of its Level 1 and 2 Accreditation courses during their post-season meeting in Melbourne tomorrow.  Level 2 educational programs have been on offer to umpires around the country for most of the last decade, however, some close observers believe they have been neglected in recent years. 


CA's Umpire Educator Denis Burns, who has been driving moves to introduce internet-based modules for both Accreditation programs, will present the work he has conducted to date to STDU's as part of a scheduled two-hour discussion of 'education and training' issues.  


One of the questions CA's current national umpire survey asks is whether Level 2 umpires realise that their Accreditation will expire after five years, and given that, if they will or will not renew their qualification (E-News 758-3723, 15 April 2011).  There was limited publicity eighteen months ago about plans for the Level 2 reaccreditation program but little appears to have resulted in the interim, and that issue is likely to be one of the matters discussed during the Melbourne meeting.


Burns, who was a key player in the development of high-quality educational materials produced by the International Institute of Cricket Umpiring and Scoring (E-News 47-256, 27 May 2007), moved from England nearly two-and-a-half years ago to take up his current education position.  


Prior to his arrival in Australia, Burns umpired on a regular basis at club level in England, his professional background being in education, first as a teacher, and then for several decades as a university lecturer in education and information technology at Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the University of Cumbria.  He also worked with a range of businesses on the development and use of business presentation software.    


When he joined CA, Burns' role was split, one part being described at the time as the development and delivery of umpiring programs within Australia, a task that included working "closely with States and Territory Associations to ensure a seamless approach to umpire education", and the other with CA's then Global Development Program for overseas work (E-News 357-1901, 5 December 2008).  The latter program does not appear to have been active over the last twelve months.  



FOR 2011 EPT? 



While shorter playing formats have become the norm, this year's Emerging Players Tournament (EPT) in July-August, which is a key part of Cricket Australia's (CA) umpire development pathway, may see three-day matches introduced for the first time.  In another change under consideration, matches in the two-week event, which have normally been played in Brisbane, may be split between there and Townsville, a move that would raise a number of issues for Emerging Umpires Program (EUP) organisers.


The last three EPTs have seen the next generation of international players from Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa take part in a total of 16-18 matches over the two weeks of the tournament.  In both 2008 and 2009 four Twenty20 (T20) and 14 fifty-over one-day games were involved, then last year the growth of T20 cricket around the world saw the number of T20s expanded, the 16 games played being split evenly between that and the one-day format.  Half the current members of the National Umpires Panel (NUP) took part in one or more of those events before winning promotion to Australia's top domestic panel. 


Sean Cary, CA's Umpire Manager says that three-day games are under consideration for several reasons.  According to him current indications are that the interest of "high performance coaches and visiting teams" is more towards the longer form of the game during this year's EPT.  In addition, the Australian Institute of Sport side will have just returned from Malaysia where they will have played in a T20 tournament, and they don't see the need to play any more such games so soon after that event. 


Cary, who stressed that final arrangements for EPT 2011 have yet to be finalised, said that splitting the event between two cities 1,100 km apart would mean that he and CA Umpire Educator Denis Burns would have to restructure the format of the EUP, especially the content of the educational materials presented to the umpires involved on match rest days.


While mooted changes to this year's EPT are yet to be confirmed, details of the 2012 event are also under question as the normal July-August timing would see it clash with the Under-19 World Cup which is scheduled to be played in Queensland at that time.  Cary says that CA needs to work out how the EPT and EUP will look in 2012, an issue that will be discussed at the post-season meeting of State Umpire Directors in Melbourne over the next two days.






Barry Dudleston, the International Cricket Council's Regional Umpires Performance Manager for the UK and the West Indies, conducted a two-day workshop in St Lucia just before Easter for the West Indies Cricket Board's (WICB) 12-man "Senior Umpires Panel" (SUP).  The workshop is believed to have included "specific training and information on the Umpire Decision Review System", plus presentations on "match control among other topics critical to the professional execution of [umpiring] duties".


SUP members who took part were: Lennox Abraham (Dominica); Gregory Brathwaite and Vincent Bullen (both Barbados); Nigel Duguid and Clyde Duncan (both Guyana); Goaland Greaves (St Vincent); Vivian Johnson (Jamaica); Luther Kelly (St Kitts); Norman Malcolm (Jamaica); Clancy Mack (Antigua); Peter Nero and Joel Wilson (both Trinidad and Tobago).  


Norman, Nero, Brathwaite and Wilson were named as the Caribbean members of the ICC';s second-tier International Umpires Panel last month (E-News 741-3638, 16 March 2011), Nero making his senior international debut shortly after the workshop was held (E-News 757-3719, 13 April 2011).


In addition to Dudleston, who recently replaced recently retired John Holder in the ICC position (E-News 752-3692, 2 April 2011), Malcolm, Greaves and Nero are also reported to have made presentations.  The workshop follows on from one conducted by the WICB in Jamaica in October last year that also saw the participation of Caribbean match referees (E-News 685-3362, 20 October 2010).






The West Indies team has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during its Twenty20 International (T20I) against Pakistan which was played on the island of St Lucia last Thursday.  Match referee Jeff Crowe from new zealandimposed the fines after Darren Sammy’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration. 

International Cricket Council Code of Conduct regulations governing minor over-rate offences require that players be fined ten per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, while their captain looses double that amount.  As such, Sammy was fined twenty per cent of his match fee and his playing colleague ten per cent.  The penalty was accepted by Sammy without contest so there was no need for a hearing.