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German umpire to officiate at ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup

Mon, Jan 28, 2008 6:01 PM


The International Cricket Council today announced the match officials for the upcoming ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup (U/19 CWC) 2008 in Malaysia, which will run from 17 February to 2 March.

Among the officials named is Paul Baldwin from Germany who will be the only official on the list stemming from a European Associate or Affiliate country.

The tournament will be overseen by Javagal Srinath, Mike Procter and Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.

The on-field umpires will be split between appointments from the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires and those from the ranks of the Associates and Affiliates.

Peter Hartley (England), Marais Erasmus (South Africa), GA Prathap Kumar (India), Gary Baxter (New Zealand), Steve Davis (Australia), Enamul Hoque-Moni (Bangladesh), Zameer Haider (Pakistan), Clyde Duncan (West Indies), Tyron Wijewardena (Sri Lanka) and Ian Robinson (Zimbabwe) from the Emirates International Panel will all stand.

Meanwhile, Sarika Prasad (Singapore), Paul Baldwin (Germany), Roger Dill (Bermuda), Buddhi Pradhan (Nepal), Lakani Oala (Papua New Guinea) and Jeff Luck (Namibia) will represent the Associate and Affiliate world.

Darrell Hair from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires will also be present in Malaysia, primarily as a continuation of his work with the accreditation and mentoring of development-level umpires. Previously, Hair has stood in several development tournaments, including the ICC World Cricket League Division 1 and ICC Intercontinental Cup, while also assisting with the coaching of emerging umpires.

"In the same way that the U/19 CWC is a great opportunity for players to make their mark, it is also a chance for up-and-coming umpires to experience an international cricket event," said ICC Umpires Manager Doug Cowie.

"We have a good mix of experienced International Panel umpires who are pushing their way towards the very top and talented officials from outside the Full Members. All the umpires present will use this tournament to hone their skills and techniques while also having to cope with the rigours of tournament cricket," said Cowie.

"It's a chance for us to identify emerging talent and provide them with intensive individual mentoring and coaching over the course of the event and also give them direction for the future," he said.

Individual match appointments will be made in due course.

The tournament runs from 17 February to 2 March at seven venues in three cities around the country, Johor, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. But prior to that the umpires will have the chance to stand in warm-up matches and begin getting feedback from coaches before the tournament starts in earnest.

The 16-team event includes sides from the 10 Full Members as well as the host country, and five regional qualifiers, Namibia (Africa), Papua New Guinea (East Asia-Pacific), Ireland (Europe), Nepal (Asia) and Bermuda (Americas).

This is the first time the event has been held outside a Full Member country and, as ever, it will be a great opportunity to view the next batch of stars for the international game. Such players as Inzamam-ul-Haq, Brian Lara, Yuvraj Singh, Michael Clarke and Sanath Jayasuriya have all cut their teeth at this tournament.

The tournament will be played across four groups of four teams playing a round-robin format. The top two teams will progress to a Super League and the bottom two will go into the Plate Championship.

The top four from each of those sections will play in their respective semi-finals with the Plate Championship final taking place on 1 March and the Super League final on 2 March at Kinrara Cricket Academy (KCA), Kuala Lumpur.

During the tournament, all 10 matches being staged at KCA, including both Super League semi-finals and the final, will be televised live by ICC's rights-holding broadcaster ESPN-STAR Sports.

Match Referees: Javagal Srinath, Mike Procter and Chris Broad (Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees)

Umpires: Peter Hartley (England), Marais Erasmus (South Africa), GA Prathap Kumar (India), Gary Baxter (New Zealand), Steve Davis (Australia), Enamul Hoque-Moni (Bangladesh), Zameer Haider (Pakistan), Clyde Duncan (West Indies), Tyron Wijewardena (Sri Lanka), Ian Robinson (Zimbabwe), Sarika Prasad (Singapore), Paul Baldwin (Germany), Roger Dill (Bermuda), Buddhi Pradhan (Nepal), Roger Dill (Bermuda), Lakani Oala (Papua New Guinea), Jeff Luck (Namibia) and Darrell Hair (Australia).

More details on ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup can be found at:

www.iccu19cricketworldcup.com



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