England's Michael Gough and West Indies' Joel Wilson have been promoted to the ICC's elite panel for umpires for 2019-20, while India's S Ravi has been omitted from the list. Gough and Wilson, who officiated in the recent World Cup, have replaced Ravi and Ian Gould, who retired from umpiring during the World Cup, on the panel. The ICC's elite panel of match referees is unchanged.
The pair were promoted from the ICC's international panel of umpires by a selection committee that comprised Geoff Allardice, ICC general manager (cricket), commentator and former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar and ICC match referees Ranjan Madugalle and David Boon.
Gough, a former Durham and England A batsman, made his international debut as an umpire in a T20I in August 2013, and officiated in a Test for the first time in July 2016. He has so far stood in nine Tests, 59 ODIs and 14 T20Is. Wilson began his international career as an umpire during India's tour of West Indies in June 2011 and has since then umpired in 13 Test matches, 63 ODIs, 26 T20Is.
The ICC would not give a specific reason behind Ravi's omission, but its spokesperson said the assessment of umpires is a continuous process and the new Elite Panel is the result of that.
Internally the ICC monitors the umpire's standing through a rigorous performance review, which comprises various parameters, including on-field decision making, the number of reviews the match official has got right, and conduct on the field. Accordingly, points are tallied and umpires are ranked internally.
Ravi's performance has come under the scanner on more than one occasion. On England's tour of Sri Lanka last year, he failed to signal several no-balls that television replays revealed were wrong. During the IPL, he failed to notice Lasith Malinga overstepping the crease on the final delivery of match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. Virat Kohli, the Royal Challengers' captain called Ravi's error "ridiculous" while Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma said such mistakes cannot afford to happen in any form of cricket.
Ravi is not the first umpire to be omitted from the Elite Panel following a performance review. In 2013, the ICC dropped Pakistan's Asad Rauf and New Zealand's Billy Bowden from the Elite Panel. In 2011, Asoka de Silva and Daryl Harper were also demoted.
"Being an elite official is an extremely challenging job," Adrian Griffith, the ICC senior manager of umpires and referees, said. "Every decision is scrutinised by millions of fans and each match official is subject to rigorous ongoing performance assessments throughout the year.
"We are fortunate to have some fantastic officials who are able to withstand the pressures of the job and deliver consistently on the international stage. Michael and Joel are deserving additions to the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires and I wish them all the best for the coming season and for the future."
ICC Elite Panel of Match referees: David Boon, Chris Broad, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Andy Pycroft, Richie Richardson and Javagal Srinath
ICC Elite Panel of Umpires: Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker, Michael Gough and Joel Wilson