Thursday, May 1, 2014

Billy Bowden rejoins Elite Panel

Umpire returns after 2013 dumping

New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden will return to the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires from July 1 this year, the 51-year-old regaining his position after being dropped in early 2013.
Bowden will fill the position vacated by fellow Kiwi Tony Hill who stepped down to become the New Zealand Cricket Umpire Coach.
The ICC Umpires Selection Panel reached their decision following an annual review and selection process, with chairman Geoff Allardice applauding Bowden’s efforts during his time away from the group.
“Billy’s return to the elite panel is a result of his hard work and perseverance,” Allardice said.
“His skills and experience will further strengthen the ICC umpiring team.”
Bowden has officiated in 76 Tests across a 14-year international career, including 9 Ashes encounters, as well as 189 ODIs and 21 T20Is.
The Elite Panel of ICC Umpires for 2014-15 will include: Aleem Dar, Billy Bowden, Kumar Dharmasena, Steve Davis, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel and Rod Tucker.

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