ASIAN UMPIRES GET AHEAD

Kuwait's Riaz Chaudhary with Nepal's Buddhi Pradhan

Umpires from four Associate countries, including three from Nepal, will be officiating at Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 6 in Singapore later this year. Buddhi Bahadur Pradhan, Vinay Kumar Jha and Sanjay Gurung are the ones recommended by the ACC from Nepal for the event, the first World Cricket League tournament (WCL) to be held in Asia. The three other Asian umpires officiating are Sarika Siva Prasad of Singapore who shares equal ranking with Buddhi Pradhan in ICC tournaments as well as Kuwaiti eminence Riaz Chaudhary and Kevin Bishop from Hong Kong.

Asia has three teams in the event, hosts Singapore, Malaysia and Bahrain (who won promotion from Division 7 in May). Botswana, Guernsey and Norway are the other three. The top two teams in Singapore will move up to the Division 5 tournament to be held in Nepal in January 2010, from where two will move up to Division 4.

Buddhi Pradhan has been established at the top of the Asian umpires from Associate countries for a long time having already umpired 13 ODI matches but for his Nepali WCL colleagues it is a significant elevation. Vinay Jha commented, “ICC selected Nepali umpires as per Asian Cricket Council´s recommendation,” further adding, “ACC was always confident about our capabilities, now we have to prove ICC that we are capable.”

Singapore's Sarika Prasad with Nepal’s Vinay Kumar Jha at the ACC Twenty20 Cup, Kuwait 2007

Related: Pepsi ICC World Cricket League

Filed July 23rd, 2009