Cape Town - The International Cricket Council (ICC) on
Monday announced that former West Indies captain Richie Richardson has been
appointed to the elite panel of ICC match referees.
He will replace Sri Lanka’s Roshan Mahanama, who stepped
down last week.
Richardson will take over the match referee’s role after he
has finished his current assignment as the West Indies cricket team manager,
which will end with the Sydney Test against Australia starting on January 3,
Following his appointment, Richardson said: “I am excited
and honoured to have been selected for one of the most important jobs in
“Having been on either side of the fence, first as a player
and then as an administrator, I think I have the experience and insight to help
me contribute positively alongside some of the finest and most experienced
match officials. Obviously, I look forward to working and learning from my
colleagues as we all continue to strive for excellence.
“Until the end of the Australia tour, I will remain fully
committed and focused on my current assignment as the West Indies cricket team
manager and I would like to thank the West Indies Cricket Board for its support
over years as well as the encouragement it provided to me in taking up this new
Richardson, 53, represented the West Indies in 86 Tests and
224 One-Day Internationals from 1983 to 1996 in which he scored 5 949 and 6 248
runs, respectively. He captained the side in 24 Tests and 87 ODIs. He played in
the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1987, 1992 and 1996.
He has been the West Indies cricket team manager since
Congratulating Richardson on his appointment, the ICC
general manager for cricket, Geoff Allardice, said: “Richie is one of the
greats of the game, who is admired for not only his accomplishments as a
batsman but also the way he captained the West Indies when he embodied traits
such as integrity, leadership and sportsmanship in his dealings both on and off
the field. He is very familiar with the demands of international cricket
through his experiences as a player, captain and now team manager, and he will
bring a fresh perspective to the role.
“On behalf of the ICC, I congratulate Richie on his
appointment and look forward to working with him. We have no doubt that he will
make a strong and important contribution to ensuring the game continues to be
played in the right spirit.”
Elite panel of ICC match referees:
David Boon (Australia), Chris Broad (England), Jeff Crowe
(New Zealand), Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka), Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe), Richie
Richardson (West Indies), Javagal Srinath (India).