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Umpires and Referees of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup

by on February 3, 2011
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the list of umpires and referees who will officiate the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 being held in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka from February 19th. The 12-member Elite Panel of Umpires will be joined by six members of International Panel of Umpires for the ICC Cricket World Cup. The six umpires were chosen by David Richardson (ICC’s General Manager of Cricket), former match referee and player David Lloyd, former umpire S. Venkatargahavan and match referee Ranjan Madugalle.

Following is the list of umpires for 2011 ICC  World Cup:

  • Billy Bowden
  • Aleem Dar
  • Steve Davis
  • Billy Doctrove
  • Marais Erasmus
  • Ian Gould
  • Daryl Harper,
  • Tony Hill
  • Asad Rauf
  • Asoka de Silva
  • Simon Taufel
  • Rod Tucker
  • Kumar Dharmasena
  • Richard Kettleborough
  • Nigel Llong,
  • Bruce Oxenford
  • Amish Saheba
  • Shahvir Tarapore

Enam ul Hoque-Moni from Bangladesh is named as the reserve umpire and he will be umpiring in warm-up matches.

Following is the list of match referees announced by International Cricket Council (ICC):

  • Chris Broad
  • Jeff Crowe
  • Ranjan Madugalle
  • Roshan Mahanama
  • Andy Pycroft
In past few World Cup Finals the cricket fans have seen Steve Bucknor doing the job. Recently however with Aleem Dar’s success as an umpire, he is chosen for crunch matches.

Top Ten Umpires in Cricket

Every sports in the world is officiated by some appointed persons referred as umpires or referees. In football, we have referees and in hockey we got umpires to officiate the match. In cricket, umpires are officials who supervise the proceedings of a match. There are total four numbers of umpires in a cricket match; two umpires are in the field, one act as TV umpire and the fourth one is the reserve umpire.

Umpires in cricket have a very sensitive position; a single wrong decision can change the direction of the game. So, an umpire has to remain vigilant and unbiased in the best possible way. In 2002, International Cricket Council (ICC) came up with the idea of Elite Panel of ICC Umpires to officiate Test Matches and ODIs around the world. It has ended a long controversy of biased umpiring by the umpires of home country. Now, this Elite Panel of ICC Umpires officiate the international matches which provides neutral umpiring.

Following are the top ten umpires in cricket:

  • Steve Davis
  • Daryl Harper
  • Simon Taufel
  • Ian Gould
  • Billy Bowden
  • Tony Hill
  • Aleem Dar
  • Asoka De Silva
  • Asad Rauf
  • Billy Doctove
Aleem Dar (Pakistan) has won ICC best Umpire trophy three years in a row.
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