ICC sends two sets of match officials to Pakistan for security reasons
By Bipin Dani
For security reasons the ICC will send two different sets of match officials for the on going Test series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The first set of match officials (on field and TV umpires: Michael Gough, Richard Kettleborough and Richard Illingworth and match referee Andrew Pycroft ), who arrived in Rawalpindi (via Islamabad) from Dubai on Tuesday (via Emirates flight EK-612) are booked again to return to Dubai (via EK-613) on Monday, the December 16, i.e. the day after the scheduled completion of the first Test match in Rawalpindi, it is learnt here.
The other match officials to supervise the second Test match in Karachi (beginning on December 19) are: Jeff Crowe (match referee), and umpires: Bruce Oxenford, Joel Wilson and Gregory Brathwaite.
Pakistan has hosted few ODIs and T20Is in the recent years and considering the fact that one neutral umpire along with a home umpire are in charge of the ODIs and both local umpires officiate in the T20Is, this has been the first instance in last ten years when all foreigners are match-officials for the two Tests in Pakistan.
The match-referee Andrew Pycroft for the Rawalpindi Test met the captains of both teams on Tuesday, it is also learnt.
According to the sources, the two captains on Tuesday have agreed to play the Test match under lights in the event of bad lights.