ICC names umpires and match referees for World Cup

Published: Thursday, December 12, 2002, 7:44 [IST]
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London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday released the names of umpires and match referees who will officiate at the World Cup in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya next year.

There will be 25 umpires and six match referees for the tournament, which gets underway on February 9, 2003. All eight members of the elite panel of umpires and the five match referees will be on duty throughout the tournament and they will be supported by 11 members taken from the ICC's international panel of umpires, and one additional match referee.

The ICC elite panel umpires are Steve Bucknor(West Indies), Daryl Harper(Australia), Rudi Koertzen (South Africa), Dave Orchard (South Africa), David Shepherd(England), Asoka de Silva(Sri Lanka), Russell Tiffin (Zimbabwe) and Srinivas Venkataraghavan(India). The ICC match referees will be Clive Lloyd (West Indies), Ranjan Madugalle(Sri Lanka), Mike Procter (South Afrca), Wasim Raja(Pakistan) and Gundappa Viswanath(India).

The panel has been boosted by the appointment of Denis Lindsay, from the supplementary panel of referees. "With more than 50 games to be played during the World Cup there will be a heavy workload for all match officials," ICC general manager (cricket) David Richardson said.

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