ICC announces names of umpires for Ashes

Published: Friday, May 13, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:The International Cricket Council has announced the names of four umpires who will officiate in the much-anticipated Ashes series.

Pakistan's Aleem Dar and Rudi Koertzen of South Africa will take stand in the first two Test matches while Billy Bowden of New Zealand and Steve Bucknor of West Indies will officiate in the third and fourth Tests.

The final Test will see Billy Bowden and Rudy Koertzen officiate, while Sri Lanka's Ranjan Madugalle will be the match referee throughout the series.

Rudy Koertzen will stand in all three One-day internationals matches between England and Australia that precede the Ashes.

The third One-dayer will be a swansong for veteran English umpire David Shepherd, who has decided to hang up his umpiring coat.

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