Sri Lanka news October 11, 2013

Taufel to lead umpiring workshop in Sri Lanka

Simon Taufel will lead an eight-day training workshop for top umpires in Sri Lanka, beginning on October 14, Sri Lanka Cricket has announced. The programme aims to enhance the skills and knowledge of the best umpires in the country, and mark out a path to the elite panel.

"All Level I and Level II umpires, including the Lankan ICC Elite Panel which comprises Kumar Dharmasena, Ranmore Martinez, Ruchira Palliyaguruge and Ravindra Wimalasiri along with the emerging panel of umpires are scheduled to attend this workshop. At present there are 30 Level I and II umpires in Sri Lanka," acting head of cricket operation Carlton Bernadus said.

Taufel is scheduled to speak on the expectations of an elite umpire as well as on nutrition, conditions and pressure. Dharmasena will also give a speech entitled 'My way to the top of the elite panel'.

The umpires will also be drilled on the new playing conditions that have come into effect on October 1. Local match referees will also attend a workshop during this time.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here