Ian Lester Howell (born 20 May 1958) is a South African cricket umpire.[1] As a player, he played first-class cricket for Border and Eastern Province in South Africa. A left-hand batsman and a left-arm medium bowler he played 119 first-class games scoring 3767 runs with 5 hundreds and 13 fifties and a batting average of 26.90. His top score was 115 not out. He took 243 first-class wickets with 5 five-wicket hauls with a best of 6/38 and a bowling average of 35.74.[2]

Ian Howell
Personal information
Full nameIan Lester Howell
Born (1958-05-20) 20 May 1958 (age 61)
Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, South Africa
BowlingLeft-arm medium
Domestic team information
1981–1984Eastern Province
FC debut7 November 1981 Eastern Province B v Border
Last FC26 February 1998 Border v Northerns
LA debut21 November 1981 Eastern Province v Boland
Last LA3 January 1998 Border v Gauteng
Umpiring information
Tests umpired9 (2001–2007)
ODIs umpired66 (2000–2009)
T20Is umpired8 (2005–2007)
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 119 124
Runs scored 3,767 1,083
Batting average 26.90 15.25
100s/50s 5/13 0/3
Top score 115* 64*
Balls bowled 22,567 5,997
Wickets 243 87
Bowling average 35.74 42.57
5 wickets in innings 5 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 6/38 3/23
Catches/stumpings 69/– 31/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 9 September 2007

Umpiring careerEdit

Howell has been a member of the International Cricket Council's panel of International Umpires since 2002. He is eligible to officiate in ODI's in South Africa as the home umpire, and as the TV umpire in Test matches. In December 2006 he replaced Mark Benson on-field during a Test match in Centurion when Benson was taken to hospital with heart palpitations, making him the first person to umpire in a Test match in his native country since the introduction of the Elite Panel of umpires in 2002. Howell is also regularly appointed by the ICC to stand in Test matches and ODI's away from South Africa to support the ICC Elite umpire panel at busy times in the cricket calendar. Howell was also appointed to the group stage of the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies, and officiated in the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship which took place in his native South Africa.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ian Howell". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Ian Howell". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 19 February 2010.