January 15, 2009

Scotland

Scottish umpire climbs the ranks

Will Luke

Ian Ramage, an Edinburgh-based umpire, has been appointed to the ICC’s Associate and Affiliate International Umpires’ Panel.

The panel, comprising ten umpires, was formed in June 2006 to cope with the increasing amount of international cricket below the elite level. It serves as the pinnacle for umpires from non-Test playing countries, with selection achieved through each of the five ICC Development Programme Regional Umpires Panels.

Members of the panel are eligible for appointments to ODIs involving ICC Associate Members, the ICC Intercontinental Cup matches and other Associate and Affiliate tournaments.

"This is fantastic news for Ian and for umpiring in Scotland," said Roddy Smith, the Cricket Scotland chief executive. "It shows what can be achieved within the ICC structure for our aspiring top umpires. I hope Ian is the first of a number of our best umpires who can eventually reach this level and go on to officiate with distinction."

Also appointed with Ramage was Denmark’s Niels Bagh. Together with Paul Baldwin of Germany (who also has Scottish connections), they form a strong European contingent on the panel.

"I am, of course, delighted and honoured to have been selected to join this international Panel," said Ramage, who works during the week for United Utilities in Warrington, Cheshire. "Fortunately, I have an understanding boss who is also a cricketer, and I have been saving up leave to make myself available whenever the ICC calls."

Ramage has not yet been appointed to officiate in any future ICC matches, but he did stand in the ODI between Ireland and Kenya last year.

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Posted by Andy Long on (January 15, 2009, 16:38 GMT)

Well done Ian!! As an Irish cricket supporter, I am pleased to see the further strides that our celtic brothers are making in the world's greatest game. Its good to see that the umpire jobs are not only going to full ICC member countries umpires', who may have test or 1st class experience. I see no reason why ex-players would make the best umpires; sure David 'Shep' Sheppard was the best umpire I've ever seen, but the best two umpires in world cricket at the moment - namely Alem Dar of Pakistan and Simon Taufall of Australia, are NOT ex test players; and yet Mark Benson (ex Eng batsman - for one test!) and Ian Gould (ex Sussex keeper) are consitently an embarassment to international cricket with their dreadful umpiring decisions.

I know its a tough job, so all the best Ian - I hope you become the new Peter Willey (England's best umpire!)

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