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The Elite Panel of ICC Umpires is a panel of cricket umpires appointed by the International Cricket Council to officiate in Test matches and One Day Internationals around the world. The panel was first established in April 2002 when the ICC decided to reform the way that international cricket was umpired. The main change was that both umpires in a Test match and one of the umpires in a One Day International are now independent of the competing nations, whereas before 2002 just one of the umpires in a Test was independent and in ODIs both umpires were from the home nation. The majority of these ICC appointments are fulfilled by the members of the Elite Panel, who are generally thought to be the best umpires in the world. As such the ICC hopes to ensure that umpiring standards are as high as possible. Members of the panel stand in around 10 Tests and 15 ODIs each year.[1] The list of umpires in the panel are revised every year by the ICC Umpires Selection Panel.

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HistoryEdit

The panel was formed in 2002 with eight members.[2] Peter Willey was invited to be on the panel, but declined the opportunity because it would have required him to spend too much time away from his family.[3] The last members of the original panel were removed in 2011. The original eight panel members were:- Steve Bucknor, Daryl Harper, Ashoka de Silva, Srinivas Venkataraghavan, Rudi Koertzen, Dave Orchard, David Shepherd and Russell Tiffin.

Members of the International Panel of ICC Umpires stand in ODIs in their home countries, and may be appointed by the ICC to Tests and ODIs as an independent official at busy times in the cricket calendar to supplement the Elite Panel.[1] The best performing umpires may earn promotion to the Elite Panel. Emirates sponsors the panel, and the umpires are required to wear shirts and coats which have 'Fly Emirates' printed on them whenever they are officiating.[4].

As of 2018, Australia have provided the most members of the panel with seven. England have provided six members; South Africa and New Zealand have provided three each; Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and the West Indies have provided two each; and Zimbabwe have provided just one member.

Current membersEdit

As of the 2018/19 cricket season the Elite Panel consists of:[5]

List of Elite Panel of ICC Umpires
Umpire Date of Birth Age as of 16 June 2019 Year Appointed Tests[6] ODIs[7] T20Is[8] Country
Richard Illingworth 23 August 1963 55 years, 255 days 2013 39 59 16   England
Bruce Oxenford 5 March 1960 59 years, 103 days 2012 55 88 20   Australia
Aleem Dar 6 June 1968 51 years, 10 days 2004 125 201 43   Pakistan
Ian Gould 19 August 1957 61 years, 301 days 2009 73 135 37   England
Marais Erasmus 27 February 1964 55 years, 109 days 2010 54 81 26   South Africa
Rod Tucker 28 August 1964 54 years, 292 days 2010 65 78 35   Australia
Kumar Dharmasena 24 April 1971 48 years, 53 days 2011 58 89 22   Sri Lanka
Richard Kettleborough 15 March 1973 46 years, 93 days 2011 57 74 22   England
Nigel Llong 11 February 1969 50 years, 125 days 2012 55 121 32   England
Paul Reiffel 19 April 1966 53 years, 58 days 2013 41 58 16   Australia
Chris Gaffaney 30 November 1975 43 years, 229 days 2015 25 60 20   New Zealand

Former membersEdit

The first departures from the panel came in 2004 when Srinivas Venkataraghavan (known as Venkat) retired,[9] and Asoka de Silva, Dave Orchard and Russell Tiffin did not have their contracts renewed.[10] David Shepherd retired in 2005 following 22 years as an international umpire.[11] Darrell Hair, who joined the panel in 2003, was banned from officiating in matches involving full ICC members following the Ball tampering controversy in August 2006.[12] In March 2008, following a spell officiating associate members, Hair was once again permitted to umpire full members,[13] but in August he handed in his resignation after he was only allowed to officiate in two tests.[14]

Steve Bucknor retired in 2009, having stood in a record 128 Tests since March 1989.[15] Rudi Koertzen retired in 2010,[16] while Mark Benson, who had joined the panel in 2006, stood down to return to domestic cricket.[17] Asoka de Silva, who rejoined the panel in 2008, was stood down again in 2011 along with Daryl Harper,[18] Simon Taufel and Billy Doctrove retired in 2012[19] and Steve Davis retired in 2015. Sundaram Ravi was dropped from the panel after 2019 Cricket World Cup due to his below-average umpiring in international cricket.[20] Ian Gouldwill retire from the panel after the 2019 World Cup.[21]

Former elite panel members can still umpire in ODIs and international T20s. Statistics correct as of 7 June 2012.

  •   Original panel member
List of Former members of Elite Panel of ICC Umpires
Umpire Date of Birth Joined Panel Left Panel Tests ODIs T20Is Country
Steve Bucknor   31 May 1946 2002 2009 128 181   West Indies
Asoka de Silva^   28 March 1956 2002 2011 49 121 11   Sri Lanka
Daryl Harper   23 October 1951 2002 2011 94 174 10   Australia
Rudi Koertzen   26 March 1949 2002 2010 108 206 14   South Africa
Dave Orchard   24 June 1948 2002 2004 44 107   South Africa
David Shepherd   27 December 1940 2002 2005 92 172   England
Russell Tiffin   4 June 1959 2002 2004 44 126 4   Zimbabwe
Srinivas Venkataraghavan   21 April 1945 2002 2004 73 52   India
Darrell Hair 30 September 1952 2003 2008 78 135 6   Australia
Billy Doctrove 3 July 1955 2006 2012 38 112 17   West Indies
Mark Benson 6 July 1958 2006 2010 27 72 19   England
Simon Taufel 21 January 1971 2003 2012 74 174 34   Australia
Tony Hill 26 June 1951 2009 2014 40 96 17   New Zealand
Asad Rauf 12 May 1956 2006 2013 47 98 23   Pakistan
Brent (Billy) Bowden 11 April 1967 2003 2015 84 200 21   New Zealand
Steve Davis April 9, 1952 2008 2015 57 137 26   Australia

^de Silva was absent from the panel between 2004 and 2008.

RecordsEdit

Most Test matches as an umpire:[22]

Umpire Period Matches
  Steve Bucknor 1989–2009 128
  Aleem Dar 2003–present 125
  Rudi Koertzen 1992–2010 108

Most ODI matches as an umpire:[23]

Umpire Period Matches TV Umpire Total
  Rudi Koertzen 1992–2010 209 41 206
  Aleem Dar 2003–present 200 61 201
  Billy Bowden 1995–2016 200 59 200

Most T20I matches as an umpire:[24]

Umpire Period Matches
  Aleem Dar 2009–present 43
  Ian Gould 2006–present 37
  Rod Tucker 2009–present 35

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b About ICC – Match Officials Archived 1 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ ICC's Announcement of Elite Panel in 2002
  3. ^ Willey declines place on panel
  4. ^ Emirates Sponsorship
  5. ^ "ICC names unchanged Elite Panel for 2018-19 season". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Test records – Most matches umpired". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  7. ^ "ODI records – Most matches umpired". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  8. ^ "T20I records – Most matches umpired". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  9. ^ Venkat retires
  10. ^ Umpires dropped in 2004
  11. ^ Shepherd retires
  12. ^ Hair banned
  13. ^ Darrell Hair reinstated by ICC
  14. ^ Hair quits to focus on coaching
  15. ^ ICC pays tribute to Steve Bucknor as he prepares for retirement in March
  16. ^ Umpire Rudi Koertzen set to retire
  17. ^ Umpire Mark Benson retires from ICC elite panel
  18. ^ Harper, de Silva removed from Elite Panel
  19. ^ Billy Doctrove retires from international cricket
  20. ^ "India's S Ravi set to be axed from ICC Elite Panel of Umpires". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  21. ^ "Umpire Ian Gould to retire after World Cup". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  22. ^ "Most matches as an umpire: Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  23. ^ "Most matches as an umpire: ODI". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  24. ^ "Most matches as an umpire: T20I". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 June 2012.

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