The Indian Umpire Sundaram Ravi has been ruled out of the ICC Elite Umpire for the 2019-20 season. Now, there is no Indian umpire in ICC Elite panel following S Ravi’s exclusion.
The decision was taken by a selection panel comprising Sanjay Manjrekar, Ranjan Madugalle, and David Boon along with ICC General Manager, Geoff Allardice (Chairman).
S Venkatraghavan was the Indian Umpire in ICC Elite panel who retired in 2004. After the massive gap of 11 years, S Ravi was promoted in 2015.
England’s Michael Gough and West Indie’s Joel Wilson are the two new Umpires which will replace Indian S Ravi and England’s Ian Gould. Ian Gould who was retired after the World Cup 2019.
Gough has an umpiring experience in 9 Tests, 59 ODIs and 14 T20Is matches, while Wilson has supervised in 13 Tests, 63 ODIs and 26 T20Is games.
“Being an elite official is an extremely challenging job. Every decision is scrutinized by millions of fans and each match official is subject to a rigorous ongoing performance assessment throughout the year,” The ICC Senior Manager for Umpires and Referees – Adrian Griffith said.
“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,” He added.
The unchanged rest of the Elite Panels for umpires and referees are as per below:
Elite Panel for Umpires:
Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker, Michael Gough, Joel Wilson
Elite Panel for Referees
David Boon, Chris Broad, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Andy Pycroft, Richie Richardson, Javagal Srinath.