Elite Panel of ICC Umpires
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.
The panel was formed in 2002 with eight members. 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. The last members of the original panel were removed in 2011.
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. The best performing umpires may earn promotion to the Elite Panel.
The Elite Panel consists of:
|Umpire||Date of Birth||Age as of 25 May 2015||Year Appointed||Tests||ODIs||T20Is||Country|
|Richard Illingworth||23 August 1963||51 years, 233 days||2013||9||27||11||England|
|Bruce Oxenford||5 March 1960||55 years, 81 days||2012||20||57||17||Australia|
|Aleem Dar||6 June 1968||46 years, 353 days||2004||89||159||35||Pakistan|
|Steve Davis||9 April 1952||63 years, 46 days||2008||53||124||26||Australia|
|Ian Gould||19 August 1957||57 years, 279 days||2009||40||88||28||England|
|Billy Bowden^||11 April 1963||52 years, 44 days||2003||76||189||21||New Zealand|
|Marais Erasmus||27 February 1964||51 years, 87 days||2010||25||52||20||South Africa|
|Rod Tucker||28 August 1964||50 years, 270 days||2010||33||45||23||Australia|
|Kumar Dharmasena||24 April 1971||44 years, 31 days||2011||25||54||17||Sri Lanka|
|Richard Kettleborough||15 March 1973||42 years, 71 days||2011||22||42||17||England|
|Nigel Llong||11 February 1969||46 years, 103 days||2012||25||79||20||England|
|Paul Reiffel||19 April 1966||49 years, 36 days||2013||10||33||13||Australia|
^Bowden was missing from the panel between 2013 and 2014.
The first departures from the panel came in 2004 when Srinivas Venkataraghavan (known as Venkat) retired, and Asoka de Silva, Dave Orchard and Russell Tiffin did not have their contracts renewed. David Shepherd retired in 2005 following 22 years as an international umpire. 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. In March 2008, following a spell officiating associate members, Hair was once again permitted to umpire full members, but in August he handed in his resignation after he was only allowed to officiate in two tests.
Steve Bucknor retired in 2009, having stood in a record 128 Tests since March 1989. Rudi Koertzen retired in 2010, while Mark Benson, who had joined the panel in 2006, stood down to return to domestic cricket. Asoka de Silva, who rejoined the panel in 2008, was stood down again in 2011 along with Daryl Harper, and Billy Doctrove retired in 2012.
Former elite panel members can still umpire in ODIs and international T20s. Statistics correct as of 7 June 2012.
- Original panel member
|Umpire||Date of Birth||Joined Panel||Left Panel||Tests||ODIs||T20Is||Country|
|Steve Bucknor||31 May 1946||2002||2009||128||181||—||West Indies (Jamaica)|
|Asoka de Silva^||28 March 1956||2002||2011||49||121||11||Sri Lanka|
|Daryl Harper||23 October 1951||2002||2011||94||174||10||Australia|
|Rudi Koertzen||26 March 1949||2002||2010||108||206||14||South Africa|
|Dave Orchard||24 June 1948||2002||2004||44||107||—||South Africa|
|David Shepherd||27 December 1940||2002||2005||92||172||—||England|
|Russell Tiffin||4 June 1959||2002||2004||44||126||4||Zimbabwe|
|Srinivas Venkataraghavan||21 April 1945||2002||2004||73||52||—||India|
|Darrell Hair||30 September 1952||2003||2008||78||135||6||Australia|
|Billy Doctrove||3 July 1955||2006||2012||38||112||17||West Indies (Dominica)|
|Mark Benson||6 July 1958||2006||2010||27||72||19||England|
|Simon Taufel||21 January 1971||2003||2012||74||174||34||Australia|
|Tony Hill||26 June 1951||2009||2014||40||96||17||New Zealand|
|Asad Rauf||12 May 1956||2006||2013||47||98||23||Pakistan|
^de Silva was absent from the panel between 2004 and 2008.
Most Test matches as an umpire:
Most ODI matches as an umpire:
Most T20I matches as an umpire:
- Panel of ICC Referees
- ICC International umpire panel
- List of Test umpires
- ICC Associates and Affiliates Umpire Panel
- About ICC – Match Officials
- ICC's Announcement of Elite Panel in 2002
- Willey declines place on panel
- Emirates Sponsorship
- Venkat retires
- Umpires dropped in 2004
- Shepherd retires
- Hair banned
- Darrell Hair reinstated by ICC
- Hair quits to focus on coaching
- ICC pays tribute to Steve Bucknor as he prepares for retirement in March
- Umpire Rudi Koertzen set to retire
- Umpire Mark Benson retires from ICC elite panel
- Harper, de Silva removed from Elite Panel
- Billy Doctrove retires from international cricket
- "Most matches as an umpire: Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
- "Most matches as an umpire: ODI". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
- "Most matches as an umpire: T20I". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 June 2012.