ICC accepts Pak proposal for two neutral umpires

Published: Saturday, September 10, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The International Cricket Council (ICC) has acceded to a specific request from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and appointed both on-field umpires from neutral countries in the Pakistan-England One-Day International series to be held at the end of this year.

"Following a specific request from the PCB, both on-field umpires will be from neutral countries in the ODI series," ICC said in a release here today. "The Emirates International Panel Umpires, Brian Jerling from South Africa and Tony Hill from New Zealand will officiate in the ODIs.

Darrell Hair will officiate in the first two games and Rudi Koertzen will stand in with Hill in the next three matches," it said. Former Sri Lanka Test cricketer Roshan Mahanama would be the Match Referee for the Pakistan-England Test series scheduled in Pakistan in November while Jeff Crowe will oversee the ODI Series, the release said.

Billy Bowden and Simon Taufel will stand in the first Test match, Darrell Hair will accompany Taufel in the second Test while Rudi Koertzen will replace Taufel in the third.

Interestingly, the clarion call for neutral umpires for Test matches had also originated from Pakistan when in the late 1980s India's Piloo Reporter and V K Ramaswamy created history by standing as the umpires in the Pakistan-West Indies Test series.

Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan, now a leading political figure, led the call for neutral umpires in cricket and currently both on-field umpires in Test cricket are from neutral countries while one third country umpire stands with a home country umpire in ODIs.

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