Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday congratulated
Allahudien Paleker on his promotion to the ICC International Panel of Umpires
with immediate effect.
He is the
fifth South African umpire currently serving on one of the ICC panels with
Marais Erasmus, who was voted ICC Umpire of the Year last year, serving on the
ICC Elite Panel, and Shaun George, Adrian Holdstock and Bongani Jele already
serving on the ICC International Panel.
Paleker, 39, follows the 31-year-old Jele in an encouraging trend of young umpires
coming through the system.
to Allahudien on his well-deserved promotion," commented CSA acting chief executive Thabang Moroe. "This is further confirmation of the high regard there
is for our match officials.
are central to the game of cricket and we are fortunate to have an extremely
competent group of match officials. We will continue to create opportunities
for them to develop through our exchange programmes with Australia, India and
New Zealand. This programme enabled Allahudien to stand in first-class matches
in all three those countries and contributed significantly to his development
as a match official."
Paleker has officiated in 68 first-class matches, 50 limited overs matches and
47 T20 matches. In addition, he played in 16 first-class matches for Western
Province 'B' and Northerns.
Holdstock will be standing together in Friday's RAM SLAM T20 Challenge match
at the Wanderers Stadium between the Highveld Lions and the Cape Cobras. Play starts at 18:00.