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Aleem Dar becomes seventh umpire to stand in 150 ODIs

Aleem Dar of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires has become only the seventh umpire in the history of the sport to officiate in 150 ODIs when he took the field for the five-ODI series opener between England and Australia at Lord’s on Friday.

To mark the achievement, Javagal Srinath of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match referees presented a memento to the umpire at the post-match presentation ceremony.

The 44-year-old, who won the David Shepherd Trophy for the third successive year by winning the ICC Umpire of the Year award at the LG ICC Awards in London in 2011, made his umpiring debut in February 2000 when he umpired in an ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Gujranwala.

After being promoted to the elite panel in 2002, he officiated in his first Test between Bangladesh and England in Dhaka in October 2003.

Aleem has supervised the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and 2011, and also umpired in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. Besides 150 ODIs, Aleem has also stood in 74 Tests which makes him the sixth most experienced official on the circuit.

Reflecting on his achievement, Aleem said: “I am honoured and humbled to join the exclusive 150-ODI club which includes some of the most respected gentlemen in this noble profession.

“To get to the landmark at the home of cricket in a match featuring the oldest opponents in the sport makes this occasion more memorable.

“I consider myself extremely lucky and fortunate to have been granted so many opportunities as well as having been given excellent support from the PCB, the ICC, and by my fellow match officials without whose continued guidance I would not have come this far. A special thanks to my family who have been extremely supportive over the years.”

Most appearances by umpires (as of 30 June 2012):

Umpire Span ODIs
Rudi Koertzen 1992-2010 209
Steve Bucknor 1989-2009 181
Daryl Harper 1994-2011 174
David Shepherd 1983-2005 172
Simon Taufel 1999-to date 172
Billy Bowden 1995-to date 170
Aleem Dar 2000-to date 150

Umpire Billy Doctrove announces retirement

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Elite Panel umpire umpire Billy Doctrove has announced his retirement from umpiring and will not be seeking an extension to his contract which expires at the end of this month.

Doctrove was due to officiate in the forthcoming ODI and Test series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, starting in Pallekele from 7 June, but has withdrawn from what would have been his last assignment as an elite panelist as he had to return to Dominica due to a family bereavement.

As such, the second Test between New Zealand and South Africa in Hamilton in March has turned out to be Doctrove’s last appearance as an elite panelist.

This brings down the curtain on an outstanding career in top-level umpiring in which the 56-year-old stood in 38 Tests, 112 ODIs and 17 T20Is, including the final of the ICC World Twenty20 2010 between England and Australia in Barbados.

Doctrove, born on 3 July 1955 in Marigot, Dominica, made his ODI debut on 4 April 1998 in a match between the West Indies and England in Kingstown, St Vincent, and two years later in Antigua stood in his first Test between the West Indies and Pakistan, a match which the home side won by one wicket.

Doctrove was promoted to the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires in 2004 before being elevated to the elite panel in April 2006.

Doctrove, reflecting on his decision and career, said: “After much consideration I have informed the selectors of my decision to retire.

“It has been an incredible 14 years for me as an international umpire and I have enjoyed every moment of it.

“It has been a dream journey and to supervise international matches which were played by many great players at iconic venues.

“I am also honoured and privileged to have been part of the transformation process in cricket with the introduction of technology which is now considered as an integral component of international cricket and the introduction of the revolutionary twenty20 format which has taken cricket to a completely new level.

“It was a highlight to umpire in the ICC World Twenty20 final in Barbados. That was a special and an unforgettable occasion.

“I am extremely thankful to my family and friends worldwide, for their support and encouragement that they afforded to me during my career.

“I would also like to thank the WICB and the ICC for the many opportunities they provided me to serve this wonderful game.”

In his tribute to Doctrove, Vince Van Der Bijl, ICC Umpires and Referees Manager, said: “Billy has been an excellent servant of the game and we thank him on behalf of the entire cricket fraternity for his outstanding contribution as an international umpire for 14 years.

“To have remained as one of the game’s top officials for that length of time has required Billy to be self-motivated, confident and well respected.

“Billy is a very special man, with strong values, firm beliefs yet with an underlying gentleness and humour, and a great family man – a wonderful blend.”

Umpire kills teenager with bat

A cricket umpire killed a teenage spectator in Bangladesh by hitting him on the head with a bat in a dispute over a decision.

Nazrul Islam, 15, ran onto the pitch during a game in the remote northern district of Kishoreganj and started an argument with the umpire, who took one of the players’ bats and hit the teenager.

Islam showed no serious injury from the blow during the game on Friday but suffered an internal hemorrhage overnight and died in hospital the following day, local police chief Mosharraf Hossain told AFP.

“The two argued over a not-out decision by the umpire. He accused the umpire of bias. At one stage, the umpire became angry, took a bat and hit the young boy on the head,” Hossain said.

The umpire, who is being sought for questioning, has gone into hiding.

Virat Kohli reprimanded for showing dissent

Indian batsman Virat Kohli has been reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct by showing dissent to an umpire’s decision after his dismissal in the third ODI against the West Indies in Ahmedabad.

“India batsman Virat Kohli has been reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his team’s ODI against the West Indies in Ahmedabad on Monday,” the ICC said in a statement.

After being given out lbw on 20 to offspinner Sunil Narine in the ninth over, Kohli stood his ground for a considerable time before eventually leaving the middle.

Kohli pleaded guilty to a Level 1 offence and accepted the proposed sanction from David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees after play concluded. He was found to have breached 2.1.3 of the code which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision”.

The charge was brought by on-field umpires Tony Hill and Sudhir Asnani and third umpire Vineet Kulkarni.

“Accepting umpires’ decisions is part and parcel of playing cricket and on this occasion Virat clearly showed dissent when he had been given out,” said Mr Boon.

Virat Kohli Abusing Umpire [Video]

Virat Kohli, who has won many hearts with his batting, today abused umpire while leaving the field after being given out Lbw on the bowling of Narine.

Here are some reactions.

Harsha Bhogle, “didn’t see the kohli decision; but for all his unarguable skills does have an issue with body language. sure someone will be speaking to him.”

Vikrant Gupta, Sports Editor, Aaj Tak news channel, “Virat Kohli has won many hearts with his batting but today his abusive reax was a disgrace; to say the very least.”

Cricbuzz, “Extremely bad behaviour from Kohli. If he hopes to go far in his journey as a cricketer, he has to learn to take the rough with the smooth.”

Sanjay Manjrekar, “Terrible reaction from virat after given out LBW..would he have done that if it was not an indian umpire ? Dont think so…”

Virat Kohli Abusing Umpire [Video]

Queensland women’s and umpires’ selection panels announced

Queensland Cricket has announced the Queensland women’s and umpires’ selection panels.

Former State player Kay Toshach was named as the new chair of the women’s panel, filling the role left vacant by the tragic death of Paul Pink in a car accident in December.

Long time Konica Minolta Queensland Fire and Queensland youth team manager Heather Williamson will join the panel for the first time, where she will work alongside incumbent selector Glenda Hall.

Peter Monaghan joins the four-man Umpires panel for the first time alongside ex-Test umpire Col Timmins, former first class umpire Jim Torpey and Michael Jay.

Australia announce Umpire Panel for the 2011-12 season

Cricket Australia (CA) has announced the National Umpire Panel for the 2011-12 season.

The National Umpire Panel is same as it was in 2010-11.

These umpires are selected by the Umpire High Performance Panel and will officiate in all Australian interstate matches for the 2011-12 season.

Additionally, Oxenford, Reiffel and Fry are the CA nominated International Panel umpires who can officiate in international matches as appointed by the ICC (for matches overseas) or Cricket Australia (when appropriate).

CA Acting Chief Executive Officer Michael Brown said it was pleasing to see Australian umpiring in such great health and setting the standard for international officiating.

“We have 12 committed and quality umpires who are dedicated to improving the standard of umpiring and setting a very high benchmark for officiating in Australia,” Mr Brown said.

“Australia has a history of producing international umpires through its development pathway. Three umpires are currently on the ICC Elite Panel and we have another 12 here who are very focused on following the same path.”

The 2011-12 National Umpire Panel is:
Abood, Gerard
Barrow, Ashley
Fry, Simon
Joshua, Geoff
Lock, Ian
Martell, Michael
Oxenford, Bruce
Parry, Robert
Reiffel, Paul
Ward, Anthony
Ward, John
Wilson, Paul

Praveen Kumar fined for showing dissent

India bowler Praveen Kumar has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee after pleading guilty to a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during England’s innings on the first day of the second Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Kumar was found to have breached Article 2.1.3 of the code which relates to arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the umpire about his decision.

The charge related to an incident at the end of the 18th over of the day during which Kumar had an appeal for leg before wicket against England batsman Kevin Pietersen turned down and at the end of the over he then engaged in a debate with umpire Marais Erasmus about the decision.

After play concluded for the day, the player admitted the offence and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by Ranjan Madugalle the chief referee of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charge had been laid by the on-field umpires Asad Rauf and Marais Erasmus and third umpire Billy Bowden of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires as well as fourth umpire Tim Robinson.

Umpire Clyde Duncan passes away

Clyde Duncan, the West Indies umpire, died in Trinidad following a battle with cancer.

President of the West Indies Cricket Board Dr Julian Hunte sent condolences to the family of Umpire Clyde Duncan.

“It is with immense sadness that the Board has learnt of the passing of Clyde. We extend deepest condolences to his wife Fay and their four children,” Dr. Hunte said of the Guyanese umpire who was 57 years old at the time of his death.

“Clyde served West Indies cricket faithfully for over two decades and was always humble in his service. He was a consummate gentleman, always kind and pleasant and he will be missed in the cricketing fraternity. The West Indian cricket family is poorer with this immense loss,” President Hunte said.

Umpire Duncan stood in two Tests in the early 1990s and his international career spanned 1988 to 2010. His debut One Day International was between West Indies and Pakistan in 1988 at Bourda. He last stood in an international match in Antigua last year when West Indies played South Africa.

Duncan stood in 21 ODIs and six Twenty20 Internationals and performed third and fourth umpire duties in numerous other international matches while he was a member of the ICC International Panel. Umpire Duncan was born on January 7 1954 and is survived by his wife Fay and children Dr. Tracey Duncan-Clarke, Joanna, Troy and Susanna.

Off the field Duncan served as Cricket Operations Manager in Guyana for ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and ICC World Twenty20 Tournament last year. He was also a teacher and Head Master at various schools in Guyana during his career in education.

Cricket Australia Congratulates Daryl Harper

Cricket Australia (CA) today paid tribute to Daryl Harper who has stepped down from umpiring international cricket matches following a stellar career.

Daryl officiated 95 Test matches between 1998 and 2011, which places him third in the all-time list behind Steve Bucknor (128 Tests) and Rudi Koertzen (108 Tests).

CA Acting Chief Executive Officer Michael Brown said: “Daryl has been a fine servant of the game over a very long period of time.

“Any international umpire who stands in 95 Test matches, 174 One-day International’s and 10 Twenty20 international matches has shown the highest degree of professionalism over a long and distinguished career.

“Cricket Australia is proud of one of our own having achieved such a fine record and we look forward to the next generation of Australian umpires benefiting from his accrued wisdom when Daryl helps our umpire education and training program in the coming years.”

The 59-year-old from South Australia made his first class umpiring debut in 1987, when South Australia played New Zealand.

Daryl stood in his international ODI debut on 14 January, 1994 at Perth in a match between New Zealand and South Africa.

In November 1998, he made his Test debut as Australia took on England in the Ashes at the same venue. He finished his career with a huge tally of 279 international appointments.

CA’s Umpire Manager Sean Cary said: “Daryl has had an amazing career as a match official and becoming Australia’s most capped cricket umpire is testament to his passion and commitment to the game.”

“I was fortunate enough to play Sheffield Shield cricket with Daryl officiating at one end – it was always reassuring to know we had one of the best managing our matches.

“Daryl has had a wonderful international career, however let’s not forget where he started. In total Daryl officiated in 830 cricket matches, the vast majority of those at grass roots level.”

“Daryl will be used in CA’s umpire education and training programs, he’s too good a resource to let go.

“Daryl has already made a significant contribution to the development of umpiring in Australia and we all look forward to welcoming him back into CA umpiring,” Cary added.