London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to recruit an 'umpires and referees manager' (URM) and a 'high performance consultant' (HPC) as it expands its staffers to meet the growing needs of the game.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
"These are extremely important appointments in two high profile areas of ICC's workload. The umpires and referees manager will be central to the successful introduction and management of the new international panels, while the high performance consultant is part of the $1 million investment in preparing Canada, Kenya, Namibia and The Netherlands for the 2003 World Cup," ICC CEO Malcolm Speed said on Monday evening.
The post of 'umpires and referees manager' has been created to manage the appointment and administration of ICC's new panels of match umpires and referees. The new panel system will be in place from April 2002 and the appointee will be responsible for managing, mentoring and coaching umpires and referees on all aspects of their roles, including training and development.
"The ICC has committed itself to delivering the best service it can to cricket and these appointments will add significantly to its ability to achieve this ambition," Speed said in a statement.The ideal candidate is likely to be an experienced former first class or international cricketer, umpire or referee. The position will be based at the ICC's office at Lord's and will involve travel around the cricketing world. PTI