Dubai: Nigel Llong of England is the latest addition to the Elite Panel of ICC umpires, replacing Billy Doctrove who last week announced his retirement from international cricket. Llong will join the Elite Panel for the 2012-13 season, starting July 1, and will join 13 other international umpires at the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka from September 18 to October 7.
Llong, 43, has been a familiar face in international cricket, having officiated in 55 ODIs, 12 Tests and 16 Twenty20 internationals. He was appointed to the ICC Emirates Panel of International Umpires in 2002 and made his international debut in the second Twenty20 international ever played, between England and Australia in June 2005.
The 12 Elite Panel umpires - Billy Bowden, Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Tony Hill, Richard Kettleborough, Asad Rauf, Simon Taufel, Rod Tucker and Llong – will be joined for the ICC World Twenty20 by Bruce Oxenford of the ICC’s International Panel. Oxenford, 52, has so far officiated in eight Tests, 34 ODIs and 11 Twenty20 internationals. He was one of the six umpires who had been named to stand alongside the Elite Panelists in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
Ranjan Madugalle and Jeff Crowe have been chosen as match referees for the tournament, while Graeme La Brooy will be the match referee to the women’s edition. Umpire and match referee appointments for the ICC World Twenty20 will be announced closer to the tournament.