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Foreigners agree to officiate as match-officials in Pakistan


Bipin Dani

As a top-order batsman, Australia’s David Boon had visited Pakistan more than once but it will be his first visit to Pakistan as a match-referee when Sri Lankans play against Pakistan over the next few days. 

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David Boon to be match referee during Pakistan-Sri Lanka ODI series

Incidentally, the other two match-officials- Michael Gough (England) and Joel Wilson (West Indies)-will first time officiate as umpires in Pakistan in three ODIs.

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Apparently, the ICC, the highest governing body of cricket has also reassessed the security arrangements in Pakistan and have appointed these foreign officials from three different countries for the matches.

Commentators as interpreters

Visiting team will also have morale support from at least one or two Sri Lankan commentators.

“The matches will have live telecasts on Sony Ten and yes, I will be going there as a TV commentator”, Roshan Abeysinghe, speaking exclusively over telephone from Colombo, confirmed on Sunday morning.

“I am still finalising my travel plan”, he added.

Russel Arnold, now in (Sydney) Australia didn’t confirm, but may be the other TV commentator from Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan commentator /s will ease the players task of expressing their views at the presentation.

Few Sri Lankan players don’t speak English well and these commentators and manager (Ashantha de Mel) can work as interpreters.

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