Subash Modi to be umpiring consultant
Subash Modi, who recently retired from international umpiring, has been engaged by the ICC Africa regional office as an umpiring consultant until at least December 2012. Modi joined the Associate and Affiliate panel of umpires in 2006 and remains extensively involved in Kenya’s umpiring structures.
"It would be foolhardy for the ICC Africa region not to utilise the experience and knowledge of this wonderful umpire,” said Africa regional development manager Cassim Suliman. “We are hoping that Modi will be able to play a dual role in the Africa region, firstly as a match referee who will be able to pass on his immense amount of umpiring knowledge to the tournament umpires as well as ensuring the smooth running of the regional pathway tournaments.
“The second roll would be one as an umpire mentor. We hope that he'd be able to facilitate umpire development within the African continent. This should be through conducting regular umpire training courses in the Africa region as well as a continual monitoring of the ICC Africa A, B and emerging panels."
"I have enjoyed being in the panel from 2006 until now and am most grateful to ICC, ICC Africa, Africa Cricket Association and Cricket Kenya for all the valuable support and encouragement,” wrote Modi in his resignation letter. “I have enjoyed my involvement and experience of umpiring at the top level of the noble game. I have been sharing and will continue sharing my umpiring knowledge with the Kenya and regional umpires."
Modi's first official duties as a regional match referee will be in February, when he will be involved in the ICC Africa Twenty20 division three tournament in Accra. The competition will mark his first interaction with African umpires as a match referee and he will also have the opportunity to have a look at the ICC Africa emerging panel in action.
Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town