The Elite Panel of ICC Umpires is a panel of cricket umpires appointed by the International Cricket Council to officiate in Test matches and One Day Internationals around the world. The panel was first established in April 2002 when the ICC decided to reform the way that international cricket was umpired. The main change was that both umpires in a Test match and one of the umpires in a One Day International are now independent of the competing nations, whereas before 2002 just one of the umpires in a Test was independent and in ODIs both umpires were from the home nation. The majority of these ICC appointments are fulfilled by the members of the Elite Panel, who are generally thought to be the best umpires in the world. As such the ICC hopes to ensure that umpiring standards are as high as possible. Members of the panel stand in around 10 Tests and 15 ODIs each year.[1] The list of umpires in the panel is revised every year by the ICC Umpires Selection Panel.

History

The panel was formed in 2002 with eight members.[2] Peter Willey was invited to be on the panel, but declined the opportunity because it would have required him to spend too much time away from his family.[3] The last members of the original panel retired in 2011. The original eight panel members were: Steve Bucknor, Daryl Harper, Ashoka de Silva, Srinivas Venkataraghavan, Rudi Koertzen, Dave Orchard, David Shepherd and Russell Tiffin.

Members of the International Panel of ICC Umpires stand in ODIs in their home countries, and may be appointed by the ICC to Tests and ODIs as an independent official at busy times in the cricket calendar to supplement the Elite Panel.[1] The best performing umpires may earn promotion to the Elite Panel. Emirates sponsors the panel, and the umpires are required to wear shirts and coats which have 'Fly Emirates' printed on them whenever they are officiating.[4] In July 2019, Michael Gough and Joel Wilson were added to the Elite panel following the retirement of Ian Gould and exclusion of Sundaram Ravi after the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[5]

As of 31 August 2021, Australia and England have jointly provided the most members of the panel with seven. South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies and India have provided three each; Pakistan and Sri Lanka have provided two each; and Zimbabwe have provided just one member.

Current members

As of 31 January 2021 cricket season the Elite Panel consists of:[6][7][8]

List of Elite Panel of ICC Umpires
Umpire Date of Birth Age as of 15 September 2022 Year Appointed Tests[9] ODIs[10] T20Is[11] Country
Aleem Dar 6 June 1968 54 years, 101 days 2004 139 210 46 Pakistan Pakistan
Marais Erasmus 27 February 1964 58 years, 200 days 2010 73 92 26 South Africa South Africa
Rod Tucker 28 August 1964 58 years, 18 days 2010 76 84 35 Australia Australia
Kumar Dharmasena 24 April 1971 51 years, 144 days 2011 72 89 22 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Richard Kettleborough 15 March 1973 49 years, 184 days 2011 74 89 22 England England
Richard Illingworth 23 August 1963 58 years, 346 days 2013 58 68 16 England England
Paul Reiffel 19 April 1966 56 years, 149 days 2013 55 70 16 Australia Australia
Chris Gaffaney 30 November 1975 46 years, 320 days 2015 41 68 22 New Zealand New Zealand
Michael Gough 18 December 1979 42 years, 271 days 2019 26 62 14 England England
Joel Wilson 30 December 1966 55 years, 259 days 2019 19 66 26 Cricket West Indies West Indies
Nitin Menon 2 November 1983 38 years, 317 days 2020 7 24 16 India India

Former members

The first departures from the panel came in 2004 when Srinivas Venkataraghavan (known as Venkat) retired,[12] and Asoka de Silva, Dave Orchard and Russell Tiffin did not have their contracts renewed.[13] David Shepherd retired in 2005 following 22 years as an international umpire.[14] Darrell Hair, who joined the panel in 2003, was banned from officiating in matches involving full ICC members following the Ball tampering controversy in August 2006.[15] In March 2008, following a spell officiating associate members, Hair was once again permitted to umpire full members,[16] but in August he handed in his resignation after he was only allowed to officiate in two tests.[17]

Steve Bucknor retired in 2009, having stood in a then record 128 Tests since March 1989.[18] Rudi Koertzen retired in 2010,[19] while Mark Benson, who had joined the panel in 2006, stood down to return to domestic cricket.[20] Asoka de Silva, who rejoined the panel in 2008, was stood down again in 2011 along with Daryl Harper,[21] Simon Taufel and Billy Doctrove retired in 2012[22] and Steve Davis retired in 2015. Sundaram Ravi was dropped from the panel after 2019 Cricket World Cup.[23] Ian Gould retired from the panel after the 2019 World Cup.[24] Bruce Oxenford retired from the panel in 2021.[25]

Former elite panel members can still umpire in ODIs and international T20s. Statistics correct as of 31 January 2021.

List of Former members of Elite Panel of ICC Umpires
Umpire Date of Birth Joined Panel Left Panel Tests ODIs T20Is Country
Steve Bucknor dagger 31 May 1946 2002 2009 128 181 Cricket West Indies West Indies
Asoka de Silva^ dagger 28 March 1956 2002 2011 49 121 11 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Daryl Harper dagger 23 October 1951 2002 2011 94 174 10 Australia Australia
Rudi Koertzen dagger 26 March 1949 2002 2010 108 206 14 South Africa South Africa
Dave Orchard dagger 24 June 1948 2002 2004 44 107 South Africa South Africa
David Shepherd dagger 27 December 1940 2002 2005 92 172 England England
Russell Tiffin dagger 4 June 1959 2002 2004 44 126 4 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Srinivas Venkataraghavan dagger 21 April 1945 2002 2004 73 52 India India
Darrell Hair 30 September 1952 2003 2008 78 135 6 Australia Australia
Billy Doctrove 3 July 1955 2006 2012 38 112 17 Cricket West Indies West Indies
Mark Benson 6 July 1958 2006 2010 27 72 19 England England
Simon Taufel 21 January 1971 2003 2012 74 174 34 Australia Australia
Tony Hill 26 June 1951 2009 2014 40 96 17 New Zealand New Zealand
Asad Rauf dagger 12 May 1956 2006 2013 47 98 23 Pakistan Pakistan
Billy Bowden 11 April 1967 2003 2015 84 200 21 New Zealand New Zealand
Steve Davis 9 April 1952 2008 2015 57 137 26 Australia Australia
Ian Gould 19 August 1957 2009 2019 73 135 37 England England
Sundaram Ravi 22 April 1966 2010 2019 33 48 18 India India
Nigel Llong 11 February 1969 2012 2020 62 130 32 England England
Bruce Oxenford 5 March 1960 2012 2021 62 97 20 Australia Australia

^de Silva was absent from the panel between 2004 and 2008.

Records

Test matches

Most Test matches as an umpire:[26]

Umpire Period Matches TV Umpire Total
Pakistan Aleem Dar 2003–present 136 25 161
Cricket West Indies Steve Bucknor 1989–2009 128 2 130
South Africa Rudi Koertzen 1992–2010 108 20 128
Australia Daryl Harper 1996–2011 95 9 104
England David Shepherd 1985–2005 92 0 92
Last updated: 23 September 2021

ODI matches

Most ODI matches as an umpire:[27]

Umpire Period Matches TV Umpire Total
Pakistan Aleem Dar 2003–present 211 65 276
South Africa Rudi Koertzen 1992–2010 209 41 250
New Zealand Billy Bowden 1995–2016 200 59 259
Cricket West Indies Steve Bucknor 1989–2009 181 26 207
Australia Daryl Harper 1994–2011 174 45 219
Last updated: 23 September 2021

T20I matches

Most T20I matches as an umpire:[28]

Umpire Period Matches TV Umpire Total
Pakistan Aleem Dar 2009–present 53 10 63
Pakistan Ahsan Raza 2009–present 52 14 66
South Africa Shaun George 2010–present 38 8 46
England Ian Gould 2006–2016 37 18 55
Sri Lanka Ruchira Palliyaguruge 2011–present 37 16 53
Pakistan Shozab Raza 2012–present 37 16 53
Bangladesh Sharfuddoula 2011–present 37 12 49
Last updated: 19 September 2021

See also

References

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  4. ^ Emirates Sponsorship[permanent dead link]
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  19. ^ Umpire Rudi Koertzen set to retire
  20. ^ Umpire Mark Benson retires from ICC elite panel
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  22. ^ Billy Doctrove retires from international cricket
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