ICC news May 1, 2014

Bowden returns to ICC elite panel

ESPNcricinfo staff

Billy Bowden is back on the elite panel of ICC umpires for 2014-15. Bowden is the only change to the panel following the ICC's annual review and selection process, and has replaced fellow New Zealander Tony Hill, who had stepped down earlier this year to become the New Zealand Cricket umpire coach.

Bowden previously served on the elite panel from 2003 to 2013 and has so far umpired in 76 Tests, 189 ODIs and 21 T20 internationals. He was dropped from the panel in June 2013 but was later announced as one of the on-field umpires for the third Ashes Test in Perth and the TV umpire for the fourth Test in Melbourne.

The elite panel was selected by a group chaired by Geoff Allardice, the ICC general manager - cricket, Ranjan Madugalle, the ICC chief match referee, David Lloyd, the former England player, coach and umpire and Srinivas Venkataraghavan, the former India captain and international umpire.

"Billy's return to the elite panel is a result of his hard work and perseverance," Allardice said. "His skills and experience will further strengthen the ICC umpiring team."

Elite panel of ICC umpires: Aleem Dar, Billy Bowden, Kumar Dharmasena, Steve Davis, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker

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  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    It a shame that their no West Indies umpire.

  • VIJAY on May 2, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Why no Indian umpire? S Ravi ,Shamsuddin , and Vineet Kulkarni are as good as any one of the above.

  • udendra on May 2, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Nigel Long and Rod Tucker are the weak elements in this panel. They make more mistakes than others.

  • Reg on May 1, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    Well said Shane-oh. All umpires make mistakes, but Billy makes fewer than most. It is true his style doesn't please everyone, and is perhaps most suitable for "entertainment-grade" cricket such as T20, but his decision making is consistently of a very high standard.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    who's the best umpire are in the elite panel???

  • shahid on May 1, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    @Ed Fuller, In DRS when they give that margin of just hitting, its because they want to eliminate that fault factor which DRS has.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    I was once given out Bowled when the ball only just clipped the outside of the stump. So what if both bails came off - only 25% of the ball was hitting the stump!! I was furious!!

  • Shane on May 1, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    @CricLover316 - I think you will find that's exactly what the ICC do - they rank the umpires based on their performances, and then determine from there who sits in the elite panel. Bowden has a proven history of good decision making. that's not to say he never makes mistakes, as they all do. But most often his decisions are correct, and he's even proven in the past he can withstand having 11 Australians in his face screaming abuse at him and still make the correct call. It's great to see him back in.

  • Rahul on May 1, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    @shane-oh- Well, Not really mate. I'm considering it in a more broader sense regarding his decisions making. He used to give some great decisions,but its been hot and cold for him since a year or so. There are many other better umpires than him. As I said, There was a reason billy was left out of the panel. I cant see his umpiring has improved from where he was left out, so was wondering how is he back in the panel ? With the DRS still flawed imo, specially when it comes to Umpire's call in LBW when he gives it out, the ball has to miss all the stumps to reverse the Umpire's call,but all if the umpire gives it out,it has to just clip it.Thats a different issue,but wouldn't it be better for Cricket,if the best out of the best are chosen, specially for Tests ? Ranking the umpires and then adding them into the panel would be better for them and for Cricket overall.

  • Zohaib on May 1, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    only Steve Davis (who has a poor record) should not be in this panel at all! He is too old to umpire an International game and time will prove my point yet again about him.

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