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Nigel Llong joins Elite Panel of umpires

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June 11, 2012

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Trent Boult leaps before delivery, Australia v New Zealand, second Test, Hobart, 3rd day, December 11 2011
Nigel Llong has stood in 12 Tests so far © Getty Images
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Nigel Llong will replace Billy Doctrove, who announced his retirement recently, on the ICC's Elite Panel of international umpires for the 2012-13 season. Llong, 43, is a former Kent batsman and has umpired in 12 Tests, 55 ODIs and 16 Twenty20 internationals.

Llong made his international umpiring debut in June 2005, in a T20 between England and Australia in Southampton. He stood in his first ODI, between England and Sri Lanka at Lord's, in June 2006 and his first Test in January 2008 in Dunedin, in a game involving New Zealand and Bangladesh.

As a batsman for Kent, he played 68 first-class games, scoring 3024 runs at 31.17. In List A cricket, he made 2302 runs at 25.29 in 136 matches. He made his last List A appearance in 2000.

The ICC have also picked Bruce Oxenford, part of the International Panel of umpires, to officiate in the World Twenty20 in September in Sri Lanka together with the 12 members of the Elite Panel. He also umpired in the 2011 World Cup where he was one of six chosen by the ICC to stand alongside the Elite Panel "after being identified as an emerging and talented match official".

Oxenford, a former Queensland legspinner, has stood in eight Tests, 34 ODIs and 11 T20 internationals.

Ranjan Madugalle and Jeff Crowe will be the match referees for the World T20, while Graeme La Brooy will be the match referee for the women's World T20.

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Posted by whatawicket on (June 11, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

good to see 1st class cricketers turning to umpiring. there not enough english umpires making that jump to the elite panel. joining one of the best umpires in world, in gunner. they seem to have a better feel for the game.

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