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Rauf, Bowden dropped from Elite umpires' list

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June 25, 2013

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Umpires Aleem Dar, Asad Rauf and Billy Bowden walk down to inspect the pitch, Australia v Bangladesh, Super Eights, Antigua, March 31, 2007
Asad Rauf (middle) and Billy Bowden (right) have been dropped from the Elite Panel of umpires © AFP
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Pakistan's Asad Rauf and New Zealand's Billy Bowden have been dropped from the Elite Panel of umpires following the annual review, the ICC have announced. They have been replaced by England's Richard Illingworth and Australia's Paul Reiffel in the 12-member panel for the 2013-2014 season starting on July 1, 2013.

In May this year, the ICC withdrew Rauf from officiating in the Champions Trophy in England following media reports that indicated he was under investigation by Mumbai Police. The ICC, however, clarified that the situation was not a factor in his exclusion from the panel.

"In Asad's case, it is important to emphasise that the recent speculation linking his name to the IPL spot-fixing investigation was not considered during the selectors' deliberations," Geoff Allardice, the chairman of the ICC's umpire selection panel, said. "The selection panel considered the overall performances of the umpires over the past 12 months when deciding which umpires would be offered contracts for 2013-14.

"It is exciting to see Richard and Paul promoted to the elite panel, but it is also important to acknowledge and appreciate the outstanding contributions of Asad and Billy over a long period of time," Allardice added.

Paul Reiffel was thoroughly satisfied with the appointment. "When I first started on CA's Project Panel Umpires program after retiring from first-class cricket, my aim was to reach the highest level of international umpiring. It always seemed a long way off so it's very rewarding and exciting to achieve the goal I set myself when I first started umpiring."

"I'd like to thank Cricket Australia for their support throughout my umpiring career. The umpiring system and pathway in Australia is very good, which is evidenced by the quality of Australian umpires."

Reiffel, a former Australian fast bowler, played 35 Tests and 92 ODIs between 1992 and 1998. He has been umpiring in international cricket since January 2009 and has stood in 4 Tests, 30 ODIs and 9 T20Is.

Rauf was included in the panel of umpires in 2006 and officiated in 48 Tests, 98 ODIs and 23 T20Is. Bowden was part of the panel since 2003 during and he has officiated in 75 Tests, 181 ODIs and 19 T20Is.

Illingworth, a former left-arm spinner, played nine Tests and 25 ODIs for England, including the 1992 World Cup final against Pakistan. He has umpired in 4 Tests, 16 ODIs and seven T20Is since July 2010.

Elite Panel of umpires: Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Steve Davis, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Tony Hill, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Rod Tucker, Richard Illingworth and Paul Reiffel

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Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

@johnstanley I would agree that Oxenford made a blunder but please you cannot be serious about believing that decision had decided the outcome of the game. Bell would have likely fallen to Jadeja or Ashwin soon enough

Posted by ultimatechamp_1 on (June 27, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

in the article it is written as- Reiffel, a former Australian fast bowler, played 35 Tests and 92 ODIs between 1992 and 1998. Dear writer, Reiffel also played in 1999 World Cup

Posted by kensohatter on (June 27, 2013, 1:46 GMT)

I find it amazing that umpires continue to get critized if they have a poor performance yet players can go several test matches in a year scoring no runs and retain their place. Also how come a batsman facing the bowling gets a white screen on which to make his decisions yet the umpire looking down the pitch trying to adjudge LBWs etc has to contend with advertising on the sight screen?!? Congrats to Paul Reifell on selection to the elite panel... There are not many test match players that transition into officiating.

Posted by johnstanley on (June 27, 2013, 0:33 GMT)

Noman, I agree with your comment about Bruce Oxenford. The blunder he made in the Final between India & England, cannot be overlooked since it decided the outcome of the game. This is not the first blunder he has made. So how does someone like that make it to Elite Panel?

Posted by the_wallster on (June 26, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

Billy Bowden's umpiring has been shocking for a while. The other docile ump is Dharamasena. Not an inoffensive decision to promote Illingworth, but Kettleborough is better.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

We love Billy downunder. even if he does make the odd mistake. We'll miss him and his colour. Why oh why can't people realise that the making and accepting of mistakes is at the heart of the spirit of cricket, which is why a gentleman should learn to play cricket. The randomness and luck of umpiring is part of the game, just like the wicker baskets at Merion in US Open probably undid Lee Westwood when, recovering from the rough, he hit a brilliant shot right at the pin, whoch unfortunately bounced off the wicker basket, rolled miles away and instead of svaing par, he walked off with triple bogey. Bad luck Lee, but he accepted it like the graceful man he is.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

Looks like Billy has been a little hard done by the panel... love his attics though and will sure miss it for the interim... saying this sure he will come back strong.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (June 26, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

No Indian umpire? Oh sad!

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