Richard Illingworth to Be First Neutral Umpire in Tests Since Covid-19 Pandemic Began

Richard Illingworth will develop into the primary impartial umpire to officiate in a Check match because the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic when he officiates within the upcoming first Check of the two-match collection between Bangladesh and West Indies. Bangladesh haven’t got an umpire within the ICC’s Elite Panel and that is why the Worldwide Cricket Council appointed Illingworth because the umpire for the match starting February three on the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, as per a report in ESPNcricinfo.

The 57-year-old will officiate the 2 Assessments alongside house umpire Sharfuddoula, who will stand in his first Check match, the report additional stated.

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Illingworth arrived in Chattogram on Sunday, 11 days earlier than the primary Check.

The ICC, when in June final yr worldwide cricket resumed after the worldwide lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, had briefly eliminated impartial umpires for all worldwide codecs owing to the “present logistical challenges with worldwide journey”.

In December, West Indies Check captain Jason Holder had stated that if gamers have been travelling for Assessments, impartial umpires might too.

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“I nonetheless do not perceive a state of affairs the place we’re simply having house umpires. If gamers are making the sacrifice and happening the highway and persevering with cricket then I really feel as if the umpires ought to do the identical,” Holder had stated after the end result of the Check collection in New Zealand. “Even when it is a case the place you get a house and an opposing umpire to do a Check match then I believe that is honest,” he added.


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