India news August 9, 2013

Umpire Anil Chaudhary nominated for ICC international panel

ESPNcricinfo staff

Umpire Anil Chaudhary has been nominated to the ICC's international panel of umpires by the BCCI. Vineet Kulkarni, S Ravi and C Shamsuddin, who were nominated last year, remain on the panel.

While four Indian umpires on the international panel are mandatory, there is currently no Indian on the elite panel, the ICC's premier set of umpires. Generally, two umpires from the elite panel stand in Test matches, while one elite-panel umpire and one international-panel umpire stand in limited-overs games.

Kulkarni and Ravi have been named under the on-field category, while Shamsuddin and Chaudhary will be off-field umpires. Chaudhary, 48, who is yet to officiate an international game, replaces Sudhir Asnani on the panel. The highest-profile games Chaudhary has stood in were IPL matches.

India's four nominees for the panel were picked at the BCCI's umpires sub-committee meeting in Bangalore on Thursday. BCCI vice-president Niranjan Shah, who chaired the meeting, said: "The general consensus was that the quality of umpires here in India has steadily improved ever since we brought in the review-system over the last four to five years. We were supposed to recommend four umpires to the ICC international panel and we decided to back Ravi and Vineet Kulkarni for on-field and Shamsuddin and Anil Chaudhary for off-field."

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  • John on August 10, 2013, 21:10 GMT tell that to Srini

  • dennis on August 10, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    C shamsuddin would have been a better choice . He had made some excellent decisions in the matches officiated . He is calm and not overawed by the stature of the players. There were certain matches in IPL where Anil chaudhary made some audacious decision .No disrespect to any of the indian umpires .But they lack quality.

  • Rajan on August 10, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    Really a shame that not one Indian is found competent enough to make it to the elite panel, Venkat was the last Indian on the elite panel and he retired more than 5 years back. All BCCI is interested in is money and they don't worry about improving the umpiring standards. Considering our standard and the facilities available here we should be having more than one elite panel umpire, both SriLanka & Pak have 2 in the elite panel.

  • Viswesh on August 9, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    I actually feel bad for Indian umpires. With India not using the DRS anywhere, Indian umpires are always at a disadvantage. It's going to be a tough ask for an Indian umpire to make it to the elite panel and even when he does, I am quite sure he is going to be handicapped when it comes to using the DRS.

  • thomas on August 9, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    I remember Swaroop Kishen, Reporter and Venkat as some of the best India has had over the years

  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Congratulations Anil Bhaiya..Proud of you..Hope you remembered all Cricket Lovers like Dicky Bird, David Sheferd and our very own S. Venketraghvan.. Congratulations once again. Manish Jha

  • Khub on August 9, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Hope that he can b a very gd umpire. Atleast nt lyk Tarapore (who gave several poor decisions almost in each nd evry ings)

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