Neutral match officials are appointed for the two-match Test series between Bangladesh
and Sri Lanka.
According to the highly placed sources in the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), the two officials from England (one umpire and one match referee) and one umpire from West Indies will officiate in the two Test matches in Chattogram (May 15-19) and Dhaka (May 23-27).
"The ICC will be sending England's Chris Broad as match referee (for both Tests) and for first Test Richard Kettleborough (England) and for 2nd Test Joel Wilson (West Indies) as umpires,”
a source in Dhaka confirmed.
The ICC had recently said that more neutral match officials should be utilized as travel restrictions are lifted while building on the success of the use of home umpires.
Also, Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid will officiate in both the Tests as an on-field umpire, and Masudur Rahman Mukul and Gazi Sohel will be the reserve umpires.
The duty of the third umpire will be shared between Joel Wilson (1st Test) and Richard Kettleborough (2nd Test).
The home team will also have the knowledge of a Sri Lankan expert. The 44-year-old off-spinner Rangana Herath has again been hired by the BCB.
Besides Herath, Sri Lanka's ex-fielding coach Shane McDermott will now sit in the opposite camp. He is the fielding coach for the Bangladesh team.