Match Ref Madugalle reaches century landmark

Published: Saturday, December 8, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: Former Sri Lanka captain Ranjan Madugalle today became the first International Cricket Council (ICC) Match Referee to officiate in 100 Test matches during the third and final Test between India and Pakistan at M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Madugalle has also officiated as match referee in 209 ODIs and he has now become the first to complete the double of 100 Tests and 200 ODIs.

Former West Indies skipper Clive Lloyd comes a far second with 53 Tests as match referee.

The 48-year-old Madugalle, who began his career as match referee in 1993, had played 21 Tests between 1982 and 1988 and 63 ODIs between 1979 and 1988.

Zimb umpire Tiffin hits century: Zimbabwe's Russell Tiffin became the 11th umpire in ODI history to stand in 100 or more matches when he officiated the fourth ODI between Zimbabwe and West Indies at Bulawayo on Friday, the ICC said in a statement released in Dubai on Saturday.

Tiffin achieved the feat after 15 long years since he made his first appearance as an umpire at his home ground in Harare for a match between Zimbabwe and India.

He started his umpiring career in 1986 but he made his debut as an ODI umpire in 1992. Soon after in 1995 he was selected in the ICC International Panel of Umpires.

He has also served on the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires between 2002 and 2004.

Tiffin has stood in 38 Tests and his last decision in a Test came long back in March 2004 in Hamilton.

On his achievement Tiffin said, ''It was always a milestone that was in my mind. I am delighted to have achieved something I targeted and now want to go beyond that.''

''My cricketing background has helped me immensely in my umpiring career. Having been a wicketkeeper I believe I have an added advantage to make better calls as, after the umpires, the wicketkeepers have the best view of a batsman.''

Australia's Simon Taufel is the youngest umpire so far to reach 100 ODIs. He was 35 when he achieved it while the umpire with most appearances is South Africa's Rudi Koertzen who has so far stood in 182 matches.

Most appearances by umpires: Rudi Koertsen (RSA) 182 pts; David Shepherd (Eng) 172; Steve Bucknor (WI) 167; Daryl Harper (Aus) 141; Darrell Hair (Aus) 135; Billy Bowden (NZ) 122; Simon Taufel (Aus) 116; David Orchard (RSA) 107; Aleem Dar (Pak) 101; Steve Dunn (NZ) 100 and Russell Tiffin (Zim) 100.



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