Pallekele, July 9: Jeff Crowe of the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees added another feather to his cap when he became only the third match referee after Ranjan Madugalle (279) and Chris Broad (245) to complete 200 One-Day Internationals (ODIs).
Crowe achieved this feat when he took to the field for the toss in the second ODI between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Pallekele on Wednesday. In addition to 200 ODIs, Mr Crowe has also officiated in 65 Tests and 46 Twenty20 Internationals, ICC said.
Crowe represented New Zealand in 39 Tests (six as captain) and 75 ODIs (16 as captain) between 1983 and 1990, in which he scored 1,601 and 1,518 runs, respectively.
He made his debut as a match referee in April 2004 when he officiated the West Indies-England ODI in Georgetown, Guyana.
Reflecting on his achievement, Mr Crowe said: "Every milestone is important and this one is special too. But more than, it is an honour and privilege to be associated with this great sport and to get the opportunity to work together with an excellent and highly professional group of people.
"I would like to thank a number of people and especially my family, fellow match officials, players and the ICC staff, for all the support they have provided. I have been fortunate to have all these people around me throughout my career."
Crowe said he was looking forward to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. "Like any other New Zealander, I am waiting for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and I look forward to playing my role in making it a successful event. I have no doubts that it is going to be another world-class event."
Vince Van Der Bijl, Senior ICC Umpires and Referees Manager said: "Jeff is an integral part of the ICC Match Referee Panel. His in-depth knowledge of the game and excellent relationships around the world make him a fine referee. The match officials' community and management would like to congratulate him on his 200th ODI."
Most ODIs as Match Referee
- Ranjan Madugalle 1993- to date 279 ODIs
- Chris Broad 2004 - to date 245
- Jeff Crowe 2004 - to date 200
- Roshan Mahanama 2004 - to date 196
- Mike Procter 2002-2008 162
- Clive Lloyd 1992-2007 133
- Javagal Srinath 2006 - to date 132
- Raman Subba Row 1992-2001 119
- Cammie Smith 1993-2002 118
- Alan Hurst 2004 -2011 102
- Andy Pycroft 2009 - to date 102
- David Boon 2011 - to date 47