ICC news May 25, 2011

Harper, de Silva removed from Elite Panel

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Kumar Dharmasena and Richard Kettleborough have been promoted to the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, replacing Daryl Harper and Asoka de Silva. Dharmasena and Kettleborough, who had been serving on the International Panel of ICC Umpires, were chosen by the ICC Umpires Selection Panel as part of their annual review and selection process.

Harper and de Silva, both of whom have controversial umpiring histories and, it would seem, particular troubles with the Decision Review System, have come in for some criticism over their decisions in recent times, in the light of which their demotions are hardly surprising.

Harper was one of the umpires to officiate on England's trip to the Caribbean during the trialling stages of the DRS in early 2009 and soon ran into strife. His problems came to a head during England's South Africa tour the following winter when, as third umpire, he turned down a caught-behind appeal against Graeme Smith that had been referred to him. Harper upheld the on-field umpire Tony Hill's decision because he could not hear a sound on the replay and it was suggested that he had not increased the volume setting on his monitor which would have made the edge evident. However, after an inquiry following a complaint by England coach Andy Flower the ICC said the lapse was caused by "technical failure".

A couple of months later Harper was left out of the World Twenty20 in West Indies, reportedly for "general performance reasons".

De Silva's most recent, and controversial, gaffe came during the World Cup in India when he gave Ireland's Gary Wilson out despite replays showing the batsman had offered a shot to a delivery that replays clearly indicated had hit him outside the line. The decision came in for some intense criticism, particularly from Ireland captain Will Porterfield, and it was decided that de Silva would not officiate in a couple of key group games that he was originally marked for. At the time, he was the only umpire among the 18 deployed whose success percentage in reviewed decisions was less than 50% during the tournament.

As it is the prerogative of the relevant home boards to nominate replacements on the international panel, de Silva could well move to fill the vacancy left by Dharmasena's promotion as the decision would rest with Sri Lanka Cricket. Harper's situation is a touch more uncertain. His existing contract expires in July and as it will be the England and Wales Cricket Board, rather than Cricket Australia, nominating a replacement for Kettleborough, Harper could well be out of a job.

At 38, Kettleborough is now the youngest umpire on the Elite panel. The Yorkshireman played 33 first-class matches from 1994 to 1999 for Middlesex and Yorkshire before he was included in the ECB panel of umpires in 2006. He made his international umpiring debut in the Twenty20 between England and Australia at Old Trafford in 2009 and to date has umpired in two Tests, 16 ODIs and two international Twenty20s. Like Dharmasena, Kettleborough was also in the panel of 18 umpires for the World Cup earlier this year.

The 40-year-old Dharmasena made his international umpiring debut in 2009 and has since umpired in two Tests, 25 ODIs and three T20Is. As a cricketer, he played 31 Tests and 141 ODIs for Sri Lanka between 1993 and 2004 and was part of Sri Lanka's World Cup-winning squad in 1996.

"I am honoured and delighted to have been selected," Dharmasena said. "To umpire alongside the most respected names in this noble profession and be included on the elite panel is something I wanted to achieve ever since I started umpiring. My next target is to continue to work hard, make good decisions and justify my inclusion."

"Their promotions are a result of hard work and impressive performances and will act as an inspiration to other umpires," added Dave Richardson, ICC's general manager - cricket and convener of selection panel.

Elite Panel of ICC Umpires: Billy Bowden, Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Kumar Dharmasena, Billy Doctrove, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Tony Hill, Richard Kettleborough, Asad Rauf, Simon Taufel, Rod Tucker

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  • greenturf on May 27, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    It's difficult to see an excellent umpire as Harper be treated so unceremoniously. I believe he brought the exceptional quality to cricket that was seen when it was still a gentleman's game. Other than the recent past his performance was very good in an excellent rating. I believe he should be reinstated for keeping with the traditions in cricket.

  • hinchy78 on May 27, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    @Jerome Isaac: "the only umpire to have played a WC final is Darmasena"... on the elite panel, yes. Paul Reiffel is another who comes to mind.

  • murthydn16 on May 27, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Ashoke De silva has been awful for years and so were few other srilankan umpires like bc coorey and kt francis who once gave robin singh out though jayasuriya had hit the stumps with his hands and after dropping the ball way behind. he should not have been in the elite panel first of all.

  • on May 27, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    Good that they did not have some one like Amish Saheba and bad coz they have included Dharmasena as he is inconsistent and so is Asad Rauf. Best Umpires in current panel are Simon Taufel and Aleem Dar

  • on May 27, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    I think Harper has been over glorified in some of the comments. If you compare his performance with DeSilva, there isn't much difference in there. He had 4 decisions over turned in one ODI, thats a huge figure for a single game. One umpire who should also be more vigilant in future in my opinion are Steve Davis (i think of him as Kamran Akmal of Umpires), certainly hasn't been umpiring very well.

  • aeroboy_anup on May 27, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Asoka de Silva should be removed earlier from the elite panel, but I think that daryl harper was almost ok, he is experienced too on the other hand is very inexperienced to seat for the elite panel

  • Biggus on May 27, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Billy Doctrove's umpiring on the opening day of the SL Vs England test was pretty awful as well.

  • on May 27, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Taufel is the best. Consistent along with Erasmus. I like Erasmus no bull and just gets on with the job

  • JB34 on May 27, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Daryl Harper was certainly the worst umpire in the elite panel. He was particularly clueless while adjudicating on spin bowlers. So his departure was long overdue

    De Silva also deserved a boot. But there are some others (Doctrove, Tucker and Hill) still in the panel who are as bad as him.

    Dharmasena's inclusion is not going to raise the standard of elite panel in any way.

  • IndianNeo on May 27, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    no Indian umpire? interesting.

  • greenturf on May 27, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    It's difficult to see an excellent umpire as Harper be treated so unceremoniously. I believe he brought the exceptional quality to cricket that was seen when it was still a gentleman's game. Other than the recent past his performance was very good in an excellent rating. I believe he should be reinstated for keeping with the traditions in cricket.

  • hinchy78 on May 27, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    @Jerome Isaac: "the only umpire to have played a WC final is Darmasena"... on the elite panel, yes. Paul Reiffel is another who comes to mind.

  • murthydn16 on May 27, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Ashoke De silva has been awful for years and so were few other srilankan umpires like bc coorey and kt francis who once gave robin singh out though jayasuriya had hit the stumps with his hands and after dropping the ball way behind. he should not have been in the elite panel first of all.

  • on May 27, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    Good that they did not have some one like Amish Saheba and bad coz they have included Dharmasena as he is inconsistent and so is Asad Rauf. Best Umpires in current panel are Simon Taufel and Aleem Dar

  • on May 27, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    I think Harper has been over glorified in some of the comments. If you compare his performance with DeSilva, there isn't much difference in there. He had 4 decisions over turned in one ODI, thats a huge figure for a single game. One umpire who should also be more vigilant in future in my opinion are Steve Davis (i think of him as Kamran Akmal of Umpires), certainly hasn't been umpiring very well.

  • aeroboy_anup on May 27, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Asoka de Silva should be removed earlier from the elite panel, but I think that daryl harper was almost ok, he is experienced too on the other hand is very inexperienced to seat for the elite panel

  • Biggus on May 27, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Billy Doctrove's umpiring on the opening day of the SL Vs England test was pretty awful as well.

  • on May 27, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Taufel is the best. Consistent along with Erasmus. I like Erasmus no bull and just gets on with the job

  • JB34 on May 27, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Daryl Harper was certainly the worst umpire in the elite panel. He was particularly clueless while adjudicating on spin bowlers. So his departure was long overdue

    De Silva also deserved a boot. But there are some others (Doctrove, Tucker and Hill) still in the panel who are as bad as him.

    Dharmasena's inclusion is not going to raise the standard of elite panel in any way.

  • IndianNeo on May 27, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    no Indian umpire? interesting.

  • on May 27, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Will miss Daryl coz he really is a mighty fine umpire. Asoka D'Silva on the other hand is the worst umpire in recent history. It is unfortunate that it took so long to get rid of him

  • ZSBD on May 27, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    This Ashoka was a curse to the gentlemen game!!! It's free from that curse now. Forget about developing countries (or minnows as you may suggest), I am sure that the Srilankans will also be happy at his departure. It's a great day for our living cricket to loose such a person. Thanks to god ... atlast HE IS GONE ... FOR GOOD!!!!

  • on May 27, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    The umpiring standard of Mr.Asoka de silva was criticized in recent past. his performance during the last WC was substandard... but Dharmasena did a great job during this WC ,in UDRS review only 1 of 14 his decision turn down... and mostly his decisions were reviewed. it shows even he did a great job Players & supporters are not faith on his decision.. it also reflect in the comments made here. no wonder Indians never like any Lankan performance its not our mistake to dont have a elite panel Indian umpire. u have to produce it rather than shout on others...that may be the reason Indians dont want DRS

  • on May 27, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Thank god the DRS is here... Im sure there will be no Indian umpires at all in the future.

  • on May 27, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Its really good decision, I guess ICC should have done this so earlier because both of the umpires ruin the so many games with their very very bad decisions..... anyways at least its appreciated that ICC took notice of it, thats amazing for me :)

  • on May 27, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    the only umpire to have played a WC final is Darmasena... Good luck on the new job !

  • RageshPMenon on May 27, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Amish saheba from India doing a good job..He should reserve a place in elite panel rather than dharmasena.I still remember one match between india and srilanka he made 4 bad decision when india were batting. Saheba should get chance to officiate umpiring in future matches.

  • on May 27, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Daryl Harper is a pretty good umpire. I dont have any doubts about his competency at all! Yes he might have made an error or two...but who has'nt? I think he is well respected amongst the players as well.

  • on May 27, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    Looking at IPL No Indian is deserving of an international umpire lest to speak of elite umpires. Either the elite umpire is purely on Merit or based on country nominations. I want Cricket fans to demand that ICC publish the captain's report and match referee report on umpiring after each match. ICC needs to show more transparency. Cricket fans demand that.

  • Sriram_Krishnamurthy on May 27, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    Kumara Dharmasena in the elite panel??? What a joke. It is time for umpires like Simon Taufel and Aleem Dar to quit rather than being placed alongside Dharmasena.

  • SRT_GENIUS on May 26, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    Where is the elite panel ? Can we see it ?

  • on May 26, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    im not sure about dharmsena... he's an average umpire... i think he doesnt deserve to b on this list so early into his umpiring career...

  • vparisa on May 26, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Not sure about Dharmasena, I saw him give couple of atrocious decisions

  • Rezaul on May 26, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    De Silva was a shocking performer in the elite panel. Against Bangladesh he gave uncountable bad decisions. Even there was a protest in Dhaka against De Silva from the fans due to his continuous bad decisions against BD team. Now it is clear that its not only BD but others also suffered. And the problem was De SIlvaĊ› quality. I hope next time ICC will appoint elite panel umpires by looking at their quality not anything else.

  • on May 26, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Umpiring India is substandard, i'm glad that we don't have any of our umpires on the elite panel.

  • on May 26, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    harshini 1980.Mr you are wrong,it show's Ur jealousness on BD cricket.I have given example Multan test - 2004.Pls go through the score card on that test match against Pakistan.We bangladeshi was the worse sufferer against the many decision's of Ashoka de Silva.At the international level we do have few success, may not be as expected

  • sanath007 on May 26, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Billy doctrove and asad rauf are the next ones to be removed...they are not gud enuf

  • on May 26, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Once , in a test, De Silva gave Lara out LBW to a ball that pitched way outside leg. It pitched so far outside leg that De sSilva laughed when he saw the replay. We were so shocked that we too had to laugh.

  • on May 26, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Once in a test match De Silva gave Lara out LBW to a ball that clearly pitched outside the leg stump. Ity was so far outside leg stump, when he saw the replay he laughed. We were so shocked that we had to laugh as well. Those were pre DRS days.

  • dmuzaf on May 26, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    think Doctrove should've been shown the door as well..

  • MeowCat on May 26, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Dharmasena is a mixed bag,never heard of Richard Kettlebourough so good luck to him. Nobody can beat Steve Davies tho!

  • on May 26, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Billy Bowden is still there Surprise.

  • jp142no on May 26, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Harper has been a shockingly poor umpire for years.

  • Udendra on May 26, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Asoka de silva should have been removed sometime ago. with the DRS umpires have their work cut out.

  • on May 26, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    that's a great decision, it should have done much earlier.

  • on May 26, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    who are the Indian umpires in the Elite Pannel ?

  • on May 26, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    one day will come when there will be maximum umpires from india in elite pannel

  • midgovi on May 26, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Srilanka has a history of producing worst umpires. Remember KT Francis, made horror decisions through out his career. Asoka Desilva was another worse example. Dharmasena has to improve a lot before reaching the taufel-dar level. Hope he does well.

  • anver777 on May 26, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Nice to see very keen & hardworking Dharmasena is included in Elite Panel ...hope one day he will be No:1 umpire.....Best of Luck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • harshini1980 on May 26, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    Bangladesh lost so many matches because they were not good enough to win or atleast draw a match not because of bad umpiring

  • on May 26, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Shahvir tarapore should have been included ICC elite panel, he has performed consistently over last 3-4 years. Nearly 95%+ decision were spot on.

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on May 26, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    best in the business at this point - Aleem Dar & Simon Taufel. Hope dharmasena and Richard fulfil the expectations. Best of luck to them.

  • on May 26, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    right work ,..........!!!!!!!!!! thanks icc

  • on May 26, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    Here Comes Dharmasena!!! Another worst umpire in the world!!!!

  • NumberXI on May 26, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Good choices both inclusions and exclusions, though I think Ian Gould was lucky to stay put. He seemstoo trigger happy with his decisions. India will continue to struggle to find a suitable replacement for Venkatraghavan, with most of the current lot looking somewhat disappointing in the IPL.

  • on May 26, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    where's umpire Hariharan?? guy was good !!

  • on May 26, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    I dont see any difference between Ashoka d Silva and Dharmasena. Both are equally inept. Dharmasena has given some outrageous decisions in the past. This is a like for like exchange.

  • on May 26, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    one day will come when there will be maximum umpires from india in elite pannel

  • on May 26, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    After every game ICC should publish a scorecard for Umpires. Scorecard not only about DRS reversals but also about calling on Wides, No-Balls, number of correct decisions. I strongly feel that Cricket Fans want to know the quality of Umpires. I am still miffed that UK, New Zealand, Pakistan are represented with 2-umpires each and SA, WI, SL have one each and Australia has three. What makes ICC believe that Australia has better umpires. After watching IPL, I can understand why India has Zero. Indian umpires are poor in umpiring and personality. But why does Australia have three?

  • PSSidhu on May 26, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Indian umpires not represented? This makes India's rise to the No.1 position all more true and justified.

  • cricketik on May 26, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    It is surprising that Ashoka Desilcva and Harper survived this long. Can cricinfo post the process through which the elite panle is selected and why no umpire from India has been on the panel. It is to admittd that After Venkatraghavan we have not produced umpires of that class, however, we still ahve umpires of good standard basing on the performance of umpires like Doctrove and Rauf of the elite panel. why BCCI should have international umpires for the national T20 (IPL). We should have only Indian umpires for IPL and that would certainly throw umpires good enough for Elite panel. BCCI should think of improving game and concentrate a bit less on easy and fast money.

  • gzawilliam on May 26, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Well thats another good thing coming from the DRS now. It records the success rate of all umpires. Asoka da silva in my opinion is the worst umpire for a long time. And i dont like saying it but always seems to look like he's favouring a subcontinent team. He also can't seem to see he makes a mistake. That decision against ireland was horrendous. He blatantly gave the guy out because he didnt want ireland to progress in my eyes.

  • on May 26, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    Sorry to say but Indian umpires are not up to the mark....last good umpire to come from India was Srinivas Venkatraghavan....after that the standard has unfortunately dropped...while around the world professionalism towards umpiring in cricket has increased.....

  • Sidath346 on May 26, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    @Icyman: Please review your facts before you make your silly comments. Dharmasena has proven to be a very efficient umpire with most of his decisions being always right. Every umpire might have a day where he gets one or two wrong. I've seen that with Taufel and Aleem Dar ( the best umpires ) as well.

  • spinkingKK on May 26, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    ICC has set a bad precedence. Because, if they are serious about using DRS, then using the statistics of the number of decision revised to relegate an umpire, is very very bad. Because, if the video umpire is only going to relay what they saw or heard to the on-field umpire and ultimately the on-field umpire decides whether to revise his own decision, then the on-field umpires will try his best not to overturn his own decision and thereby safeguard his stats which, in turn, protects his position in the elite panel of umpires. This will only create more resistance to the use of DRS in cricket since we will be seeing umpires refusing to overturn their own decisions if there is a very small possibility that the original decision can be right. Once more and more players gets frustrated, you will see more and more countries joining India in opposing the DRS.

  • on May 26, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    How come India is not represented in the elite panel?

    An umpire decision is very crucial for the match to turn victory to defeat and vice vrsa

    Hence review system must be incorporated in all matches .Any one can make mistake but why a team suffer for wrong decision

  • on May 26, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Happy as bangladeshi becox Asoka De Silva has gone.This man was responsible & denied our test victory in Multan against Pak in 2004.A horrible umpire

  • wiseshah on May 26, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    ashoka was worst umpire in the history of cricket. because of him, bangladesh lost so many games.

  • on May 26, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    I am sure Dharmasena will be the best ICC Elite Umpire very soon replacing Simon Taufel. If anyone doubts please look at Dharmasena's world cup perfomances as umpire where he had the highest percentage of success in DRS.

  • svinodmenon on May 25, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    @ - Philip Gnana Yes you are right we need to use DRS, but not now it needs more time to be brought in to all the matches. Since it was not 100% perfect

  • allblue on May 25, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    @Gerontius Okay, thanks, I didn't realise that. So, combine the two suggestions and employ more umpires to do the job! Tired umpires are more likely to make mistakes, so easing their workload would have a beneficial effect.

  • Icyman on May 25, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Kettleborough is a good choice. But I am surprised at Dharmasena's selection. Clearly he is pathetic and his performances so far have shown so. They could have selected someone else.

  • dsig3 on May 25, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Asad Rauf and Doctrove should be on notice. Both are the weakest links in that panel. They had better be on form in the future.

  • on May 25, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Good riddance!! one thing that kept Harper in that Elite Panel was simply bcos he is Aussie. Harper has been consistently inconsistent. Who knows he might come back a better umpire in the future, Russell Tiffin did. Asoka de Silva has been horrible for a long time.

  • moBlue on May 25, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    @CricketPissek: what?!? if sachin tendulkar is given out by any umpire when replays *clearly* indicate that he was not out - which has happened a few times, as it does with many batsmen - you are of the opinion that IND fans should not complain? neeraj giri was right when he said kumar dharmasena screwed up - the decisions went against sachin, wrongly - when IND toured SRI. so... what is your proof for "kumar dharmasena is a fine umpire"? ...or are you just full of hot air and empty assertions that you cannot back up? where did anyone state or imply that the criterion for an elite umpire should be to "satify sachin tendulkar's wishes"?!? i think the criterion should be that they get most decisions right with respect to *all* appeals involving all players. if you have an axe to grind against sachin, i suggest you wait for another appropriate occasion... this right now was gratuitous and non-sensical.

  • Sidath346 on May 25, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Thank god Asoka De Silva has been removed from the elite panel, this should have been done much earlier. He was a hopeless umpire. As a Sri Lankan, I'm very happy about this. On the other hand, Kumar Dharmasena has been really good in the 2 years that he has umpired and deserves to be in the elite panel.

  • dont-argue-im-never-wrong on May 25, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    these are clearly the 2 weakest umpires on the panel but (for the majority of the time) they are not awful umpires. this decision says more about the quality of dar, taufel, rauf and co who are brilliant. i find it likely that dharmasena and kettleborough will suffer the same fate of looking poor in comparison

  • Rabbul2 on May 25, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Felling sorry for Harper

  • CricketPissek on May 25, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    @Neeraj Giri - the criterion for an elite panel umpire isn't satisfying sachin tendulkar's wishes. Dharmasena is a fine umpire

  • Charindra on May 25, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    Thank god Harper is out! Sri Lanka would have won so many matches if not for his terrible decisions. Especially in the mid 2000's. But those days, even after repeated complaints he was still officiating SL games. Now ICC has realized. A bit too late though. And yes, De Silva started out so well a few years ago, but then it was all downhill. Best of luck Dharmasena!

  • on May 25, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Removing A De Silva from the Elite panel is a good move..!!! Hats off to the ICC..!!! If harper can be removed from the elite panel of umpires, then how in the world did K Dharmasena reach the elite panel????

  • bharath74 on May 25, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Harper was gud umpire, it is sad to hear that he is not in the elite panel anymore. Dharmasena needed more experience as an umpire. Placing him in the elite panel will add a lot of pressure on him.

  • caltonfeer on May 25, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    I happy with the removal/demotion. What has Doctrove done to suggest that he is not deserving of being o the elite panel of umpires

  • dsig3 on May 25, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    De Silva was hopeless but Harper was Ok I thought. Dharmasena is a good umpire when I have watched him. He has played the game and is not 80 years old which is a bonus.

  • chrisgus on May 25, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Kettleborough is a good umpire - he'll do well

  • Philip_Gnana on May 25, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    It is high time now that the UDR System is enforced in all matches. We as the viewers see what is going and to watch the guilty get away scot free is unacceptable. If the review system was to be used to judge the performances of the umpires in the past but not to have it enforced, more of the umpires would be out of jobs too. We have seen some of the worst and the stupid decisions lately and it is right that these umpires have been removed. Well done. It is high time that India agreed to have the system. Their inability to use it effectively shows their weekness and hiding on the back of the inaccurate readings/projections does not hold water. Come on India take the gauntlet and then force the issue of accuracy. I have my reservations about another...umpire too. Dont want to doctor it.. hmm Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • Abdul-Jabbar on May 25, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    Agree with AdnanKayani. In elite panel the best umpires should be taken. No matter to which country they belong to.

  • on May 25, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    i still rate Pete Willy must comes in place of Dharamsena as he messed the things for Sachin three times in a row when India tours Srilanka last time. Anyway hats -off to ICC for removing Ashoka Desilva.

  • Harrypom on May 25, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    I won't comment on how good or bad the 4 umpires concerned are but just to say that, having met Darryl Harper, he is a really good guy and I am sorry for him

  • on May 25, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    I hope Dharmasena will be as good as some other umpires mentioned above, particularly Taufel and Dar. Good luck to the new members.

  • on May 25, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Daryl Harper is a good umpire save some doubtful decisions. Remember he was the one who gave Sachin out lbw when he ducked into an attempted bouncer and was hit on the back of the helmet.

    Not a single Indian umpire on the list. WHAT ARE YOU DOING BCCI?

  • on May 25, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Thank god for getting rid os Asoka, thing to question is how the hell did he got into the elite panel in the first place?!?!?!?

  • Gerontius on May 25, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    @allblue: The 3rd umpire is often a home umpire making this impractical without a adding at least 3-4 umpires to the Elite Panel.

  • on May 25, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Finally. You deserve it asoka de silva, for costing ireland their chance at the super eights- that'll never be forgiven.

  • AdnanKayani on May 25, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    at last some comman sence from ICC but a prtial one, partial due to the fact that doctrovie is still in th epanel and second i dont get the logic of same country nominationg the replacment . if it is an elite panel then the best from the rest should be taken/ promoted, and should not matter if all umpires are australian and pakistani. In current senirio no indian umpire can make it to elite panel (by the way indian umpires in IPL looks really horible to say least)

  • on May 25, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    good riddance i wud say..next in line shld be Doctrove..sad to see no Indian in the panel..whr r the days of venkat

  • yorkslanka on May 25, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    both good additions to the elite panel..dharmasena has been very good and a huge relief for us SL's compared to the poor efforts from asoka de silva..Kettleborough seems to have done very well in the few times if have seen him...good move from the icc.

  • on May 25, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Oh great,. Silva Should send umpire minnows cricket matches. worst umpire ever

  • GreatWhitePathan on May 25, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    The final straw for Mr De Silva was yesterday when Roach was run out by a mile.. he wasnt even in a 100 frames and De Silva was perfectly positioned yet he STILL called for the 3rd umpire!!! Calling that ELITE umpiring was a disgrace let alone all the other blunders he has made over the past few months. At least someone is watching!!!

    And Harper... hmmm, enough said about him!!!

  • crickstats on May 25, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Asoka should have been shown the door much earlier, he has failed miserable as an umpire and has been a disgrace to not only Sri Lanka but to Asia as a whole, while Asad Rauf also has struggled to make got decisions lately, they all should be careful

  • on May 25, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    FINALLY!!! I was getting tired of seeing Mr. De Silva as an umpire. Although I am a Sri Lankan, I have to admit that he has been nothing but an embarrassment to SLC.... Hope that Mr. Dharmasena will NOT follow his footsteps..

  • PantheraLeo on May 25, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Congratulations Kumar & BEST OF LUCK. Asoka has been an embarrassment to SL with his gaffes & stubbornness. May you have the strength, wisdom & work ethics to change all that & bring fame to us like Ranjan Madugalle & Roshan Mahanama has. Budu Saranai!

  • qaiserjaan on May 25, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Thanks God. At least We saw any good decision of ICC in recent times. These two are destroying the carriers of many cricketers and changing the results of crucial games. One umpire is still in the system and i.e Billy Doctrove. Plz remove him as well.

  • aussies_fast-track_bullies on May 25, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    About tym Silva got fired... BTW, Aleem Dar rocks :)

  • allblue on May 25, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    There are two changes I think should me made. Firstly. the ICC should have more umpires on their elite list. Peter Willey is regarded by many as the best umpire in England, and he was on the ICC list at one time. However, he came off it because it was too arduous, too much time away from home. Players get jaded, so do umpires so why not spread the load around a bit more. Secondly, and this seems such an obvious move, rotate the three umpires on duty at a match. Each umpire then has two sessions on the field, and one in the video box per day. That would keep them all fresher, and wouldn't even cost anything!

  • Haleos on May 25, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    gr88 decision by ICC. It was high time umpires were judged for performance.

  • zamith on May 25, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    about time Asoka De Silva was removed...bringing disgrace to Lanka!

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  • zamith on May 25, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    about time Asoka De Silva was removed...bringing disgrace to Lanka!

  • Haleos on May 25, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    gr88 decision by ICC. It was high time umpires were judged for performance.

  • allblue on May 25, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    There are two changes I think should me made. Firstly. the ICC should have more umpires on their elite list. Peter Willey is regarded by many as the best umpire in England, and he was on the ICC list at one time. However, he came off it because it was too arduous, too much time away from home. Players get jaded, so do umpires so why not spread the load around a bit more. Secondly, and this seems such an obvious move, rotate the three umpires on duty at a match. Each umpire then has two sessions on the field, and one in the video box per day. That would keep them all fresher, and wouldn't even cost anything!

  • aussies_fast-track_bullies on May 25, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    About tym Silva got fired... BTW, Aleem Dar rocks :)

  • qaiserjaan on May 25, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Thanks God. At least We saw any good decision of ICC in recent times. These two are destroying the carriers of many cricketers and changing the results of crucial games. One umpire is still in the system and i.e Billy Doctrove. Plz remove him as well.

  • PantheraLeo on May 25, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Congratulations Kumar & BEST OF LUCK. Asoka has been an embarrassment to SL with his gaffes & stubbornness. May you have the strength, wisdom & work ethics to change all that & bring fame to us like Ranjan Madugalle & Roshan Mahanama has. Budu Saranai!

  • on May 25, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    FINALLY!!! I was getting tired of seeing Mr. De Silva as an umpire. Although I am a Sri Lankan, I have to admit that he has been nothing but an embarrassment to SLC.... Hope that Mr. Dharmasena will NOT follow his footsteps..

  • crickstats on May 25, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Asoka should have been shown the door much earlier, he has failed miserable as an umpire and has been a disgrace to not only Sri Lanka but to Asia as a whole, while Asad Rauf also has struggled to make got decisions lately, they all should be careful

  • GreatWhitePathan on May 25, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    The final straw for Mr De Silva was yesterday when Roach was run out by a mile.. he wasnt even in a 100 frames and De Silva was perfectly positioned yet he STILL called for the 3rd umpire!!! Calling that ELITE umpiring was a disgrace let alone all the other blunders he has made over the past few months. At least someone is watching!!!

    And Harper... hmmm, enough said about him!!!

  • on May 25, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Oh great,. Silva Should send umpire minnows cricket matches. worst umpire ever