Umpires & Referees

UMPIRE PROFILES

ALEEM DAR

Born in Jhang, Pakistan, on 6 June 1968, Aleem Dar played 17 first-class matches between 1986 and 1998, before turning his attention to umpiring. In February 2000, he officiated in his first ODI before being appointed to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. A year later, he was included in the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires. Aleem has officiated the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and 2011, and has won the David Shepherd Trophy for the ICC Umpire of the Year from 2009 to 2011. Having umpired in 22 World Cup matches, he is the most experienced umpire in terms of matches officiated.

BILLY BOWDEN

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 11 April 1963, Brent Fraser Bowden, or Billy Bowden as the world knows him, made his ODI debut in March, 1995 in Hamilton. He served on the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires from 2003 to 2013, before returning to the elite panel for the 2014-15 season. Like Aleem, Billy has also umpired in three ICC Cricket World Cups and with 21 matches, he is the second most experienced umpire in the team.

JOHAN CLOETE

Born on 21 July, 1971 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal, South Africa, Johan Cloete is a member of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires. He umpired in his first ODI in November 2010.

STEVE DAVIS

Born in London on 9 April, 1952, Steve Davis made his umpiring debut in Adelaide in 1992 but had to wait until 2008 before he was included in the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires. Besides umpiring in the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, he also umpired in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. To date, he has umpired in 10 World Cup matches.

KUMAR DHARMASENA

A member of the Sri Lanka side that won the ICC Cricket World Cup 1996, Kumar Dharmasena, was born in Colombo on 24, April 1971. In an international career from 1993 to 2004, Dharmasena played 31 Tests and 141 ODIs, taking 69 and 138 wickets, respectively. He made his umpiring debut in 2009 and earned the honour of standing in the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 with Steve Davis in Dhaka. Later same year, he was included in the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and in 2012, won his first David Shepherd Trophy for the ICC Umpire of the Year.

MARAIS ERASMUS

Born on 27 February 1964 in Cape Province, South Africa, Marais Erasmus played 53 first-class matches for Boland from 1988 to 1997. He made his debut as an international umpire in 2007 and was included in the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires in 2010. He umpired the quarter-final between India and Australia in Ahmedabad in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

CHRIS GAFFANEY

Born on 30 November, 1975 in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, Chris Gaffaney played 83 first-class matches from 1995 to 2005 in which scored 4,711 runs with eight centuries and 24 half-centuries. He made his umpiring debut in Toronto in September 2010 and is currently a member of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires.

MICHAEL GOUGH

Born on 18 December, 1979 at Hartlepool, Co Durham, Michael Gough played 67 first-class matches for Durham and England A from 1998 to 2003 in which he scored 2,952 runs and took 30 wickets. His first ODI as an umpire was in September 2013 in Birmingham. He is currently a member of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires.

IAN GOULD

Born on 19 August 1957 in Buckinghamshire, England, Ian Gould kept wickets for England in the ICC Cricket World Cup 1983. He scored 13 and caught Sunil Gavaskar in his final ODI, which was in the semi-final in Manchester. Gould played 298 first-class matches from 1975 to 1996 and accounted for 603 batsmen behind the wickets. He made his debut as an international umpires in 2006 and umpired in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. He also umpired the India-Pakistan semi-final in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in Mohali. To date, he has umpired in 10 World Cup matches. He has been on the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires since 2009.

RICHARD ILLINGWORTH

Born in Yorkshire on 23 August 1963, Richard Illingworth played in the 1992 and 1996 World Cups. Overall, he represented England in nine Tests and 25 ODIs, taking 19 and 30 wickets, respectively. In 376 first-class matches, Illingworth took 831 wickets. He umpired in his first international game in 2010, while he was included in the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires in 2013.

RICHARD KETTLEBOROUGH

Born on 15 March 1973 in Sheffield, Richard Kettleborough, played in 33 first-class matches between 1994 and 1999. In 2006, he became a member of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) panel of umpires and made his debut as an international umpire in 2009. Monthly after having umpired in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, he was included in the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires. In 2013, Kettleborough won the David Shepherd Trophy for the ICC Umpire of the Year.

NIGEL LLONG

Born on 11 February 1969 in Kent, England, Nigel Llong played 68 first-class matches in which he scored 3,024 runs and also took 35 wickets. In 2004, he was appointed to the ICC Panel of International Umpires as a specialist third umpire and was promoted to the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires in 2012. Although selected for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, he didn’t perform any on-field duties.

RANMORE MARTINESZ

Born on 24 June, 1967 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Ranmore Martinesz played four first-class matches between 1994 and 1995. He umpired in his first ODI in August 2010, while in March 2013 he stood in his first Test. He is currently a member of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires.

BRUCE OXENFORD

Born on 5 March, 1960 in Queensland, Australia, Bruce Oxenford represented Queensland in 10 first-class matches from 1991 to 1993. In February 2008, he made his debut as an international umpire. Along with Dharmasena, Kettleborough and Nigel Llong, Oxenford was one of the non-elite panel umpires to be selected for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. In 2012, he was included in the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires.

RUCHIRA PALLIYAGURU

Born on 22 January, 1968 in Matara, Sri Lanka, Ruchira Palliyaguru played 124 first-class matches between 1992/1993 and 2008 in which he scored 4,478 runs and took 220 wickets. Hi first ODI was in Hambantota in August 2011. He is currently a member of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires.

PAUL REIFFEL

Born on 19 April 1966 in Box Hill, Victoria, Paul Reiffel was a member of the Australia side that won the ICC Cricket World Cup 1999. In a career from 1992 to 1999, Reiffel played in 35 Tests and 92 ODI, with his last international being the final at Lord’s in 1999. In the two World Cups (1996 and 1999), Reiffel took 12 wickets in 11 matches. He made his umpiring debut in February 2009 and was included in the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires in 2013.

S.RAVI

Born on 22 April, 1966, Sundaram Ravi made his ODI debut in December 2011, while his first Test was in Chittagong in October 2013. He is currently a member of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires.

ROD TUCKER

Born on 28 August 1964, in Sydney, Australia, Rod Tucker played 103 first-class matches between 1986 and 1999 in which he scored 5,076 runs and took 123 wickets. The Australia-South Africa match in Hobart in November 2009 was his first ODI as an umpire. He was promoted to the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires in 2010 and umpired in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

JOEL WILSON

Born on 30 December, 1966 in Trinidad, Joel Wilson umpired in his first ODI in June 2011 in Kingston, Jamaica. He is currently a member of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires.

 

SIMON FRY

Born in Adelaide, Simon Fry was selected by Cricket Australia for a trans-Tasman international exchange programme for senior cricket umpires. He started officiating international games when England toured Australia in 2010-11. In addition to the ODI in Adelaide, he also officiated the first T20I between the two teams. Fry has been selected in the panel of umpires for the ICC World Cup 2015.
 

Referee PROFILES

DAVID BOON

Born in Tasmania, Australia, on 29 December 1960, David Boon was a top-order batsman and one of the stars of Australia’s ICC Cricket World Cup 1987 winning side. As an international cricketer, he made 7,422 runs in 107 Tests and notched up 5,964 runs in 181 ODIs. Boon also played in the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992 and aggregated 815 runs in 16 matches of the two tournaments, including two centuries and five half-centuries. He replaced fellow Australian Alan Hurst on the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and made his debut in the one-off Test between Zimbabwe and Pakistan in Bulawayo in September 2011.

CHRIS BROAD

Born in Somerset, England, on 29 September 1957, Chris Broad represented England in 34 ODIs, out of which three were in the ICC Cricket World Cup 1987. He scored 1,361 runs in his ODI career, including 67 runs in three matches when the event was first staged in the subcontinent. He started his innings as an elite panelist in 2003, when he officiated the Hamilton Test between New Zealand and Pakistan in December, and also officiated during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and 2011.

JEFF CROWE

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 22 April 1958, Jeff Crowe played in the ICC Cricket World Cup 1983 and 1987. In total, he represented New Zealand in 75 ODIs, 16 as captain, in which he scored 1,518 runs. In eight World Cup matches, Crowe 220 runs at an average of 31.42. Crowe’s first appointment as an elite panelist was in 2004 when he refereed the Faisalabad Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Crowe also refereed in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and 2011.

RANJAN MADUGALLE

Born in Kandy, Sri Lanka, on 22 April, 1959, Ranjan Madugalle played in the 1979, 1983 and 1987 World Cup and scored 179 runs in 11 matches. Overall, he played in 63 ODIs for Sri Lanka, 13 as captain, and finished with 950 runs, including three half-centuries. After retiring from international cricket in 1988, he became an ICC Match Referee in 1993 before being elevated as Chief Match Referee in 2001. He is the most experienced match referee, having refereed in five ICC Cricket World Cups (1996-2011), including finals of the 1999 and 2003 events.

ROSHAN MAHANAMA

Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Roshan Mahanama won the ICC Cricket World Cup 1996 with Sri Lanka in an event in which he batted thrice and scored 80 runs. Overall, he played in four ICC Cricket World Cups (1987-1999) and scored 596 in 25 matches at an average of 33.11. In 213 ODIs for Sri Lanka, Mahanama scored 5,162 runs with four centuries and 35 half-centuries. In May 2004, Mahanama joined the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match referees and did his first ODI between West Indies and Bangladesh in Kingstown. Next year’s event will be his third as match referee, having also refereed in the 2007 and 2011 tournaments.