The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday declared a 31-member match officials’ panel for the ICC World T20 2016, which will be played from March 8 to April 3. This includes all the seven elite panel of ICC Match Referees and 12 members of elite panel umpires. In the umpire’s list there are names of 10 members of the international Panel of ICC umpires and two members of the ICC Associate and Affiliate Panel of International Umpires as well.
The complete list of match officials is:
Match referees: David Boon, Chris Broad, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Andy Pycroft, Richie Richardson and Javagal Srinath.
Umpires: Anil Chaudhary, Johan Cloete, Kathy Cross, Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Simon Fry, Chris Gaffaney, Michael Gough, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Vineet Kulkarni, Nigel Llong, Ranmore Martinesz, CK Nandan, Bruce Oxenford, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Claire Polosak, Paul Reiffel, Chettithody Shamshuddin, Ravi Sundaram, Rod Tucker and Joel Wilson.
The umpires’ panel includes two female umpires – New Zealand’s Kathleen Cross and Claire Polosak of Australia. The two were also involved in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier 2015 in Thailand.
Their appointments in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016 comes as the game’s governing body continues to place an important emphasis in recognising that cricket is a game for all, and hopes that this will inspire more women across the globe to become involved in officiating and participating in the game of cricket.
Of the 24 other umpires in the list, half will be making their ICC World T20 tournament debuts. They are – Anil Chaudhary, Johan Cloete, Kathleen Cross, Simon Fry, Chris Gaffeney, Michael Gough, Vineet Kulkarni, CK Nandan, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Claire Polosak, Chettithody Shamshuddin and Joel Wilson.
(With inputs from ICC)