By Hilal Suhaib
December 12, 2010 (Island Cricket): Umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Asoka de Silva, along with match referees Ranjan Madugalle and Roshan Mahanama, have been named in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) 18-man team of match officials for next year’s World Cup.
Dharmasena, who is not a member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, is one of six to have been recognised by the ICC as an emerging and talented match official and has been named to stand alongside the members of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires.
Other umpires outside of the Elite-Panel to have been picked by the ICC are: Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Amish Saheba and Shahvir Tarapore.
"These six have been identified as emerging and talented match officials, who have already officiated at international level with experience of conditions in the Asian sub-continent and are now ready to umpire at cricket’s flagship event," the ICC said in a statement today.
Ranjan Madugalle and Roshan Mahanama along with Chris Broad, Jeff Crowe and Andy Pycroft make up the team of match referees for the event.
Both Dharmasena and Mahanama were members of Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup winning team.
The full list of umpires is as follows: 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 (all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires), Kumar Dharmasena, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Amish Saheba and Shahvir Tarapore (all from the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires).
The reserve umpire for the tournament has been named as Enamul Hoque-Moni, also from the international panel. He will officiate during the warm-up phase of the tournament and be available, if required, during the event proper.
The umpire selection panel consists of David Richardson (ICC General Manager – Cricket), Ranjan Madugalle (ICC Chief Match Referee), David Lloyd (former player, coach, umpire and now television commentator) and Srinivas Venkataraghavan (former elite panel umpire).
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