|Full name||Ross Emerson|
26 February 1954 |
|ODIs umpired||10 (1996–1999)|
|FC umpired||50 (1983–1999)|
|LA umpired||37 (1982–2000)|
|Source: Cricket Archive, 18 January 2013|
Ross Alexander Emerson (born 26 February 1954) is a former Australian cricket umpire who is best known for calling Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing. He also played grade cricket for Petersham-Marrickville in the Sydney grade cricket competition. He is the brother-in-law of former Australian swing bowler Terry Alderman.
After making his first-class umpiring debut in the 1982-83 season, Emerson was promoted to the National Umpires panel in 1993-94. He made his ODI debut in a match between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Brisbane in January, 1996. He immediately became controversial, no-balling Muralitharan seven times, and continuing to do so even when he switched to bowling legbreaks, which are regarded as being impossible to throw. This led to Muralitharan being dropped by Sri Lanka for the rest of the tour, as he was unable to bowl without being called. Emerson continued to officiate in ODIs for the next three years, standing in nine more games, all in Australia, but it was his last game which overshadowed even the first.
On 23 January 1999 in Adelaide, standing at square leg, Emerson once again called Muralitharan, leading to Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga to lead his team off the field in protest and consult team management and the match referee. The match later continued after Emerson threatened to award the match to England, with Muralitharan confined to bowling legbreaks; Emerson claimed that cricket was controlled by Asian countries. Mahela Jayawardene went on to score a century and the Sri Lankans won in the last over.
Emerson was subsequently stood down, and then was not reappointed to officiate again. He subsequently retired from cricket, and as of November 2004, is the president of Swimming Western Australia. However, he remained defiant, saying that Muralitharan's action was "worse than ever". However, cricket commentator Peter Roebuck labelled Emerson a "nincompoop".
As of early 2011, Emerson is working as a senior investigator in the corporate governance directorate of the Department of Health of Western Australia. He remains defiant about Muralitharan's bowling.
- Roebuck, Peter (30 March 2004). "Murali should be grateful - his dodgy doosra only weakens his bowling". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 January 2012.