Two more additions to Elite umpires panel

April 23rd, 2008 - 10:20 pm ICT by admin  

Dubai, 23 April (IANS) Asoka de Silva of Sri Lanka and Steve Davis of Australia have been promoted to the Emirates Elite Panel of International Cricket Council (ICC) Umpires, the world body announced Wednesday. The 52 -year- old De Silva has umpired 33 Tests and 76 ODIs since 1999 and previously served on the Elite Panel between 2002 and 2004. He played 10 Tests and 28 ODIs for Sri Lanka between 1985 and 1992.

Davis, 56, has stood in 11 Tests, 71 ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals having made his debut in 1992. He has been a member of the International Panel since 2003.

The additions to the Elite Panel will allow the top umpires to get more rest away from international action while, at the same time, allowing them time to work on their skills and mentor umpires at domestic level.

Top level umpires will also be assisted by five regional umpire managers who will work with those umpires to ensure peak performance. The remuneration of officials at the highest level has also been improved to reflect their value to the game.

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