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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: ICC names Madugalle as chief match referee

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2001, 16:51 [IST]
 
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London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has selected former Sri Lanka captain Ranjan Madugalle as its chief match referee and handed him the brief of identifying prospective candidates to make up the rest of the five-man panel.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"Ranjan is a highly experienced and respected individual who has earned the right to take the lead role at the head of the new referees panel," ICC Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Speed said in an official press release.Madugalle represented his country in 21 Test matches and 65 One-day Internationals between 1979 and 1989. He was captain from 1987 to 1989 and served two spells as a national selector. He was appointed to the ICC match referees' panel in 1994 and has officiated in 35 Tests and 101 ODIs, involving all Test countries.Proof of his high standing in the game were his appointments as match referee for the 1999 World Cup final in England and the ICC Knock Out final of 1998 and 2000.His first task will be to travel the cricket world to identify and screen candidates to fill the remaining four positions on the new panel. Shortlisted nominees will be interviewed and appointed by Malcolm Speed and Sunil Gavaskar, in his role as chairman of the ICC's Cricket Committee-Playing, the release said.The new panels of full time ICC referees and umpires will take up their duties in April next year.

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