Bruce Oxenford retires from international umpiring having stood in 62 Tests, 97 ODIs and 20 T20Is.— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 28, 2021
Another place is up for grabs in the Emirates Elite Panel of International Cricket Council (ICC) Umpires list after Aussie Bruce Oxenford's retirement notice.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced its partnership with MPL Sports, the athleisure wear and sports merchandise brand from Mobile Premier League, India’s largest esports platform, as the new kit sponsor and official merchandise partner for the Indian Cricket Team. As part of a three-year deal, MPL Sports designed and manufactured jerseys will be worn by Men's, Women’s and the Under-19 Indian cricket teams
The series saw all officials, including the match referee from New Zealand.
Christopher (Chris) Gaffaney, who's the lone New Zealander in the ICC elite panel was assisted by local colleagues Wayne Knights and Chris Brown, both among the International Panel of Umpires without the elite status or tag.
Shaun Haig and Ashley Mehrotra were the reserve umpires, and former New Zealand captain Jeff Crowe, the match referee.
The recently concluded India-Australia Test series, called the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, too had a similar arrangement with all Australian umpires and the match referee, former Australian opening bat David Boon.
Although a depleted India played bravely and won the series down under 2-1, there were a few occasions when Team India players and few former Aussie greats now commentating, among them Shane Warne, felt exasperated with umpiring decisions.
"It is unfortunate that the umpires are not allowed to travel. But it is something that I don't have any power of changing," ESPN Cricinfo quoted Bumrah saying.
Holder was more forthright in his remark. "I still don't understand a situation where we're just having home umpires. If players are making the sacrifice and going on the road and continuing cricket then I feel as though the umpires should do the same," Holder said.
"Even if it's a case where you get a home and an opposing umpire to do a Test match then I think that's fair."
By advocating a home and an opposing umpire, did Holder mean, one New Zealander and one West Indian? The only West Indian in the elite umpires panel is Trinidadian Joel Wilson.
These few developments have raised further questions including why is the ICC not proactive in having a broader list of officials in its elite panel?
The list of ICC Match Referees too comprise eight members. Notable omission, country wise, are Pakistan, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, all Test playing nations without any Match Referee in the ICC panel.
The most plausible reason for Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland and Afghanistan not to have any Match Referee in the group could be assigned to the fewer number of Tests these countries have played since their approval to play Tests.
It'll be interesting to see the progress the ICC makes in this aspect, after the World Test Championship is over in June and most of us, worldwide, have been vaccinated.
The ICC does have ambitious goals of promoting cricket as a sport to a much larger audience globally. However, for it to achieve that target, it'll have to first help improve the status of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
A little quality time away from cricket:
My boy’s first flight ❤️ pic.twitter.com/RMX9dMIyoe— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 28, 2021
Think like a proton, always positive. ➕ pic.twitter.com/wBuTlezoDh— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) January 28, 2021