Elite panel umpire Tony Hill looks forward to Pepsi ICC WCL Div.8

On this week’s ICC Cricket World audio show Tony Hill of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires looks forward to umpiring in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 8 which will be staged in Kuwait from 6 to 12 November.

The 59-year-old New Zealander, who has umpired in 20 Tests, 76 ODIs and 16 T20Is, says: “I hope I can give some experience and ideas to my fellow umpires who will be in Kuwait, things that they can put into action. Who knows some of them may be as good as I am but never get that opportunity.

“The strange thing about umpiring is that you might start off and you might be really good. But if your country is not at the top of the world, then you need to work at a different level.

“I love going back to the grassroots level and hopefully put some time with the guys and see if I can help them look at different ways of going forward.”

Teams from Suriname, Vanuatu, Bhutan, Gibraltar, Germany, Zambia and the Bahamas will join host Kuwait for the first-ever WCL Div.8. The top two sides at WCL Div. 8 will win promotion to the WCL Div.7 to be staged in Botswana in May 2011. The matches will be hosted at four grounds in Kuwait, namely Hubara, Unity, KEC and Sulaibiya.

The show can be used in whole or part by radio stations that want cricket content, while the public can also download it straight from the ICC website.

Joining Hill on this week’s show are South Africa cricketers Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn, who react after their inclusion in the ICC World Test Team of the Year 2010, and former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram who recalls the 1992 World Cup final against England.

Apart from the above interviews, the show has the usual round up of cricketing news plus an update of the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test and ODI cricket.

The weekly ICC Cricket World audio show runs for 15 minutes and has been put together by the ICC’s global broadcast partner ESPN STAR Sports.

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