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Sir Richie appointed ICC match referee


Sir Richie appointed ICC match referee

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THE INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COUNCIL (ICC) today announced former West Indies captain Sir Richie Richardson has been appointed to the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. He will replace Sri Lanka’s Roshan Mahanama, who stepped down last week.

Sir Richie will take over the match referee’s role after he has finished his current assignment as the West Indies cricket team manager, which will end with the Sydney Test against Australia starting on January 3, 2016.

Following his appointment, he said: “I am excited and honoured to have been selected for one of the most important jobs in cricket.

“Having been on either side of the fence, first as a player and then as an administrator, I think I have the experience and insight to help me contribute positively alongside some of the finest and most experienced match officials. Obviously, I look forward to working and learning from my colleagues as we all continue to strive for excellence.

“Until the end of the Australia tour, I will remain fully committed and focused on my current assignment as the West Indies cricket team manager and I would like to thank the West Indies Cricket Board for its support over years as well as the encouragement it provided to me in taking up this new role.”

Sir Richie, 53, represented the West Indies in 86 Tests and 224 One-Day Internationals from 1983 to 1996 in which he scored 5 949 and 6 248 runs, respectively. He captained his side in 24 Tests and 87 ODIs. He played in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1987, 1992 and 1996.

He has been the West Indies cricket team manager since January 2011.

Congratulating Sir Richie on his appointment, ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, said: “Richie is one of the greats of the game, who is admired for not only his accomplishments as a batsman but also the way he captained the West Indies when he embodied traits such as integrity, leadership and sportsmanship in his dealings both on and off the field. He is very familiar with the demands of international cricket through his experiences as a player, captain and now team manager, and he will bring a fresh perspective to the role.

“On behalf of the ICC, I congratulate Richie on his appointment and look forward to working with him. We have no doubt that he will make a strong and important contribution to ensuring the game continues to be played in the right spirit.”

Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees

Referee                       Age     Tests   ODIs   T20Is

David Boon                 54        26        76        28       

Chris Broad                 57        72        263      54

Jeff Crowe                  57        72        224      49

Ranjan Madugalle      56        159      298      74

Andy Pycroft              59        40        115      35

Richie Richardson      53        –           –           –

Javagal Srinath           46        33        166      49