Madugalle match referee for Tests

Published: Thursday, August 7, 2003, 20:55 [IST]
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Kolkata: Ranjan Madugalle of Sri Lanka would be the ICC Match Referee in the two match Test series between India and New Zealand and the triangular series involving India, Australia and New Zealand in October and November.

Announcing this on Thursday, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Jagmohan Dalmiya said that David Shepherd of England and Rudi Koertzen of South Africa would officiate as the umpires in the two Test matches. Shephered along with compatriot Neil Mallender would act as umpires in the tri- series with a panel of Indian umpires. He also said that the dates of the first two Test matches between India and New Zealand have now been finalised after the venue of one of the matches was shifted to Ahmedabad from Kanpur due to unpreparedness of ground. The first Test would be played at Ahmedabad from October 8 to 12 and the second at Mohali from October 16 to 20.

Before the Test matches, New Zealand would also play two three-day matches against Board President XI and India 'A' and these matches would be played at Vishakapatanam (September 26 to 28) and Rajkot (October 2 to 4). The triangular series would be played from October 23 and the teams would play against each other three times to decide the two qualifiers for the final to be held at Eden Gardens on November 18.

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