Bajan umpire on ICC panel
BARBADIAN Gregory Brathwaite is among four Caribbean umpires who have been appointed to the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires.
Brathwaite’s appointment is for performing third umpire duties, but he will also be heading to England to officiate in four first-class matches and a Twenty20 game in May.
His Trinidadian colleague Peter Nero has been appointed to the panel for the first time as an on-field umpire, replacing experienced Guyanese Clyde Duncan.
He will join veteran Jamaican umpire Norman Malcolm, who has been re-appointed, as the two West Indian umpires on this panel, which is different from the Emirates Elite Panel.
Another Trinidadian, Joel Wilson, has also been appointed as a third umpire on the Emirates International Panel.
This was revealed in a release from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) yesterday which noted that the International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved its recommendations.
The Emirates International Panel members stand in One-Day International (ODI) matches in their home country, as well as assisting the Emirates Elite Panel at peak times in the cricket calendar when they can be appointed to overseas ODI and Test matches.
This panel comprises two officials nominated from each of the ten Test-playing cricket boards.
In the previous cycle Malcolm and Duncan were on the Emirates International Panel along with Vincentian Goaland Greaves and Antiguan Clancy Mack who both served as third umpires.
The WICB formally thanked Duncan, Greaves and Mack for their services on the international panel and said discussions were ongoing as to how they could contribute to the development of umpiring in the West Indies.
Additionally, Wilson and Brathwaite will make significant strides in their careers when they travel to Bangladesh and England, respectively, to officiate in first-class matches.
The initiative is part of the WICB Umpire Exchange Programme with the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
English umpire Richard Illingworth officiated in three matches of the ongoing WICB regional four-day tournament and Bangladeshi umpire Sharfuddoula Shahid will officiate in two more matches following his current assignment between Trinidad and the Leeward Islands.
Wilson will leave the Caribbean for Bangladesh on March 16 to stand in three first-class matches and will return on April 8.
Brathwaite is scheduled to travel to England on April 30 and return on May 28.