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Srinath to make WC debut as match referee

Published: Friday, March 2, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Dubai:Former India speedster Javagal Srinath will make his World Cup debut as match referee when he officiates in a Group stage match between Australia and Scotland in St Kitts and Nevis on March 14.

Srinath was today named in the seven-member match referee panel announced by the ICC along with a list of 16 umpires to officiate in the group stage of the showpiece event in the West Indies.

The 37-year-old Indian who featured in four World Cups as player from 1992 to 2003, will stand in two other Group I matches -- Australia VS Netherlands on March 18 and Scotland VS Netherlands on Match 22.

Group I comprises Australia, the Netherlands, Scotland and South Africa.

Srinath who played 229 ODIs between 1991 and 2003, made his debut as ODI match refree in the match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Napier on December 28 last year and has since then stood in 10 ODIs, the last being on January 24 this year between Kenya and Canada in Mombasa.

He had also stood in four Tests between July (Sri Lanka VS South Africa at Colombo) and December last year (New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington).

Two-time Word Cup winning captain Clive Lloyd was the only omission from the eight-member Emirates Elite Panel of ICC match referees as he has taken up his assigmrent as West Indies team manager.

Meanwhile, South African Rudi Koertzen will close in David Shepherd's record of most ODI appearances by an umpire and after the three group matches he is due to stand, Koertzen will take his tally to 166 matches, just six short of Shepherd's mark.

Shepherd's retirement in 2005 also meant that at least one umpire makes his first appearance in a World Cup final. Shepherd and West Indian Steve Bucknor stood in the last three finals in 1996, 1999 and 2003.

Bucknor, who is third on the list of all-time ODI matches umpired and who will be standing in his fifth ICC World Cup, will read the officials' oath on behalf of all umpires and match referees at the opening ceremony, in his native Jamaica on March 11.

Of the 16 field umpires, nine were from the Emirates Elite Panel and seven from the Emirates International Panel.

Commenting on the appointments, ICC General Manager David Richardson said, ''We are delighted to appoint these match referees and umpires to stand in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and once again welcome HDIL as the official sponsor of the officials at this event.'' ''Further strong showings by International Panel members could place those officials in with a chance to stand in the latter stages of the tournament as well as making a case for their promotion to the Elite Panel in the future.

Each of the field umpires will also stand in two warm-up matches.

The field umpires and match referees of the Super eight stage will be announced later, an ICC statement said.

Field Umpires: Mark Benson, Brent Bowden, Steve Bucknor, Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Billy Doctrove, Ian Gould, Daryl Harper, Tony Hill, Ian Howell, Brian Jerling, Rudi Koertzen, Peter Parker, Asad Rauf, Asoka de Silva, Simon Taufel

Match Referees: Chris Broad, Jeff Crowe, Alan Hurst, Ranjan Madugalle, Roshan Mahanama, Javagal Srinath, Mike Procter India will play all their three group matches at Queen's Park Oval at Port-of-Spain.

Following are the officials of the matches involving India.

March 17: India VS Bangladesh
Match Referee: Alan Hurst, Umpires: Dar and Davis; Third Umpire: Howell; Fourth Umpire: Harper


March 19: India VS Bermuda
Match Referee: Hurst Umpires: Dar and Howell; Third Umpire: Harper; Fourth Umpire: Davis

March 23: India VS Sri Lanka
Match Referee: Crowe Umpires: Dar and Harper; Third Umpire: Davis; Fourth Umpire: Howell

Match Referees and Umpires of other Group matches:

March 13: West Indies VS Pakistan, Sabina Park (Jamaica): Match Referee: Chris Broad Umpires: Brent Bowden and Simon Taufel Third Umpire: Brian Jerling Furth Umpire: Ian Gould

March 14: Australia VS Scotland, St Kitts and Nevis: Match Referee: Javagal Srinath Umpires: Bucknor and de Silva Third Umpire: Tony Hill Fourth Umpire: Mark Benson

March 14: Kenya VS Canada, St Lucia: Match Referee: Mike Procter Umpires: Rauf and Parker Third Umpire: Doctrove Fourth Uumpire: Koertzen

March 15: Sri Lanka VS Bermuda, Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain: Match Referee: Jeff Crowe Umpires: Harper and Howell Third Umpire: Aleem Dar Fourth Umpire: Steve Davis

March 15: Zimbabwe VS Ireland, Sabina Park, Jamaica: Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama Umpires: Gould and Jerling Third Umpire: Bowden Fourth Umpire: Taufel

March 16: South Africa Vs Netherlands, St Kitts and Nevis: Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle Umpires: Benson and Hill Third Umpire: Bucknor Fourth Umpire: de Silva

March 16: England VS New Zealand, St Lucia: Match Referee: Procter, Umpires: Koertzen and Rauf Third Umpire: Parker Fourth Umpire: Doctrove

March 17: Pakistan VS Ireland, Sabina Park, Jamaica: Match Referee: Broad Umpires: Jerling and Bowden Third Umpire: Taufel Fourth Umpire: Gould

March 18: Australia VS Netherlands, St Kitts and Nevis: Match Referee: Srinath Umpires: Bucknor and Hill Third Umpire: de Silva Fourth Umpire: Benson

March 18: England VS Canada, St Lucia: Match Referee: Crowe Umpires: Parker and Doctrove Third Umpire: Rauf Fourth Umpire: Koertzen

March 19: West Indies VS Zimbabwe, Sabina Park, Jamaica: Match Referee: Mahanama Umpires: Taufel and Gould Third Umpire: Bowden Fourth Umpire: Jerling

March 20: South Africa VS Scotland, St Kitts and Nevis: Match Referee: Madugalle Umpires: de Silva and Benson Third Umpire: Bucknor Fourth Umpire: Hill

March 20: New Zealand VS Kenya, St Lucia: Match Referee: Procter Umpires: Doctrove and Koertzen Third Umpire: Parker Fourth Umpire: Rauf

March 21: Sri Lanka VS Bangladesh, Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain: Match Referee: Crowe Umpires: Davis and Harper Third Umpire: Howell Fourth Umpire: Dar

March 21: Zimbabwe VS Pakistan, Sabina Park, Jamaica: Match Referee: Broad Umpires: Jerling and Taufel Third Umpire: Gould Fourth Umpire: Bowden

March 22: Scotland VS Netherlands, St Kitts and Nevis: Match Referee: Srinath Umpires: Hill and de Silva Third Umpire: Benson Fourth Umpire: Bucknor

March 22: New Zealand VS Canada, St Lucia: Match Referee: Procter Umpires: Doctrove and Rauf Third Umpire: Koertzen Fourth Umpire: Parker

March 23: West Indies VS Ireland, Sabina Park, Jamaica: Match Referee: Mahanama Umpires: Bowden and Gould Third Umpire: Jerling Fourth Umpire: Taufel

March 24: Australia VS South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis: Match Referee: Madugalle Umpires: Bucknor and Benson Third Umpire: Hill Fourth Umpire: de Silva

March 24: England VS Kenya, St Lucia: Match Referee: Procter Umpires: Koertzen and Parker Third Umpire: Doctrove Fourth Umpire: Rauf

March 25: Bermuda VS Bangladesh, Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain: Match Referee: Hurst Umpires: Davis and Howell Third Umpire: Dar Fourth Umpire: Harper

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