London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced the elite panel of five professional match referees, who will officiate in all matches with effect from April. The following is the biography of the five - Rangan Madugalle (Sri Lanka), G R Vishwanath (India), Mike Procter (South Africa), Clive Lloyd (West Indies) and Wasim Raja (Pakistan).
Ranjan Madugalle, Chief ICC Referee: Date of birth: 22 April 1959 Ranjan was appointed Chief ICC match referee in December 2001, a position that recognised his achievements during eight years as a member of the ICC panel. He was match referee for the 1999 World Cup final in England, the ICC Knock Out finals of 1998 and 2000 and has covered 38 Test matches and more than 100 One-day Internationals. Ranjan represented Sri Lanka in 21 Test matches and 65 One-day Internationals between 1979 and 1989. He was national captain from 1987 to 1989 and served two spells as a national selector. Clive Lloyd: Date of birth:31 August 1944 Clive led one of the most successful teams in the history of the game as captain of the all-conquering West Indies sides of the 1970s and 80s. He played in 110 Tests between 1966-67 and 1984-85 and is regarded as one of the most powerful and destructive batsmen in the history of the game. He scored more than 7,500 Test runs with 19 centuries and an average of 46.67. Clive was the first West Indian to play in 100 Tests and captained the side in 74 matches; winning 36, drawing 26 and losing on just 12 occasions. He was also captain of the first side to win the World Cup, in 1975, a feat repeated four years later in 1979. Clive was an ICC referee between 1992-93 and 1995-96 and managed the West Indies team for three years between 1996 and 1999. Mike Procter: Date of birth: 15 September 1946 Mike was an outstanding fast bowling all-rounder for South Africa, who was denied a lengthy Test career by his country's exclusion from international cricket. His 41 wickets at 15 runs apiece in just seven Tests hinted at his talent, which was fulfilled at first class level in South Africa and England with more than 1,400 wickets at 19.53 and 21,936 runs at an average of 36, with 48 centuries. One of Wisden's five cricketers of the Year in 1970, he was an inspirational captain of English county side Gloucestershire for several seasons. Mike coached the South African national side from the time of its readmission to international cricket in 1991, through to 1994 and is a member of the national selection panel. He has also been a media commentator with broadcasters in South Africa. Wasim Raja: Date of birth: 3 July 1952 Wasim was a successful all-rounder for Pakistan, playing in 57 Tests and 54 One-day Internationals between 1972/73 and 1984/85. Four hundreds and 18 half centuries highlighted his left handed, middle order batting, while his right arm leg spin brought him 51 Test wickets. He was vice-captain of the national team for a period during his 10 years of international representation. Wasim coached the Pakistan national team before moving into the academic world as a geography and physical education teacher in England. He holds a Masters Degree in Political Science. Gundappa Viswanath Date of birth: 12 February 1949 Gundappa was one of India's greatest batsmen, playing in 91 Tests between 1969-70 and 1982-83. His 6,080 runs at 41.93 and 14 centuries - one on debut against Australia - underline his status as a mainstay of the Indian batting during the 1970s and early 1980s. In all first class cricket he scored almost 18,000 runs at 40.93, with 44 stylishly compiled centuries. Since retirement he has worked in banking with the State Bank of India and has been a member of the ICC referees panel since 1999, although professional commitments have so far restricted him to officiating in two Tests and 16 ODIs.
Vishwanath in ICC's elite referees panel
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