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The ICC has announced that umpires Theunis van Schalkwyk (Namibia), Courtney Young (Cayman Islands), Mark Hawthorne (Ireland) and Richard Smith (Cyprus) have been added to the ICC Associate and Affiliate International Umpires panel following the annual review and selection process.
The four new umpires have replaced Subhash Modi of Kenya, who retired earlier this month after umpiring in international cricket for nine years, Paul Baldwin of Germany, who has resigned following his selection in the ECB reserve umpires' panel for the second successive year, and Karran Bayney, who has failed to retain his position. An additional umpire in the Europe Region was also appointed following a request by the region to meet its growing needs and requirements.
The umpires on the ICC Associate and Affiliate International Umpires panel can be assigned to ODIs and T20I matches involving Associates and Affiliates Members as well as officiate in Under-19 and women's cricket.
Africa - Jeff Luck (Namibia), Theunis van Schalkwyk (Namibia)
Americas - Roger Dill (Bermuda), Courtney Young (Cayman Islands)
Asia - Buddhi Pradhan (Nepal), Sarika Prasad (Singapore)
East Asia Pacific - Shahul Hameed (Indonesia)
Europe - Niels Bagh (Denmark), Mark Hawthorne (Ireland), Ian Ramage (Scotland), Richard Smith (Cyprus)
Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and AfricaFeeds: Martin Williamson
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Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.