ICC Elite Panel of Umpires: S Ravi omitted, Gough-Wilson added
Senior Indian umpire Sundaram Ravi, who has been under controversial circumstances for his decision making over the years, is left out of the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires for 2019-20.
English umpire Michael Gough and Joel Wilson of the West Indies have been added to the latest list replacing retired Ian Gould and S Ravi respectively.
The newly formed list does not contain any Indian umpires.
The former Durham and England A batsman Gough stepped into the international umpiring in August 2013. He has so far officiated in nine Tests, 59 ODIs and 14 T20Is.
Meanwhile Joel Wilson started his international career in June 2011, he has stood in 13 Tests, 63 ODIs and 26 T20Is.
In a media release on Tuesday, ICC Senior Manager of Umpires and Referees Adrian Griffith said,
“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 assessments throughout the year.”
He further added, “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.”
Ravi is the latest incident of being omitted from the Elite Panel following a performance review after ICC curtailed Pakistan’s Asad Rauf and New Zealand’s Billy Bowden from the Elite Panel.
It can be stated that Ravi is not the first umpire to be omitted from the Elite Panel following a performance review.
ICC Elite Panel of Umpires
Michael Gough, Joel Wilson, Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel and Rod Tucker.
ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees
David Boon, Chris Broad, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Andy Pycroft, Richie Richardson and Javagal Srinath.