Johannesburg: South Africa's David Orchard and Zimbabwe's Russell Tiffin, two of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) elite panel of umpires, were dropped on Wednesday from further World Cup matches after failing to impress in the group stages.But England's Peter Willey, who refused to officiate in Zimbabwe on safety grounds, has been retained for the Super Six stage of the competition which will feature three Australians - Daryl Harper, Darrell Hair and Simon Taufel. ICC general manager David Richardson admitted mistakes had been made."What we've taken into account is the form of the umpires.
There might be one or two who have missed out for the rest of this tournament not because they are necessarily bad umpires but simply because they might not be in the best of form," he said."Mistakes have been made, they will always continue to be made I'm sure. And in this respect I'd like to compliment the players for their behaviour which we think has been excellent throughout the tournament thus far."He said the only incident the disciplinary committee had been forced to deal with was when Australia's Adam Gilchrist accused fellow keeper Rashid Latif of Pakistan of racial abuse. Latif was not found guilty.
"But apart from that I don't think I can recall seeing one nasty incident on the field of dissent or verbal abuse and I think the players deserve some sort of credit in that regard," Richardson added.Richardson said umpires were judged on captains' reports, match referees' reports and reviews carried out by the ICC management at Lord's, assisted by retired Australian umpire Tony Crafter."We get the captains' reports and we encourage them to be as objective as possible. In the past you tended to find the winning captain was pretty much pro the umpire and the losing captain was not. "But I think they are becoming more professional about it and we get a lot more value from the captains' reports." All five full time members of the ICC match referee panel - Clive Lloyd, Ranjan Madugalle, Mike Procter, Wasim Raja and Gundappa Viswanath - will officiate in the Super Sixes.
Super Six umpires: Billy Bowden (New Zealand), Steve Bucknor (West Indies), Aleem Dar (Pakistan), Asoka de Silva (Sri Lanka), Daryl Harper (Australia), Darrell Hair (Australia), Brian Jerling (South Africa), Rudi Koertzen (South Africa), David Shepherd (England), Simon Taufel (Australia), Srinivas Venkataraghavan (India), Peter Willey (England).Copyright AFP 2001