A former West Indies cricket captain is the newest member of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) elite panel of match referees.
Richie Richardson, who led the Caribbean side in 24 Tests from 1991-1995, is set to replace Sri Lankan, Roshan Mahanama, who is retiring after being on the panel for the last 11 years.
The 53-year-old Antiguan will take up his new assignment early next year after completing his tenure as West Indies’ team manager.
“I am very excited and honoured to have been selected for one of the most important jobs in cricket,” said Richardson. “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 contribute positively alongside some of the finest and most experienced match officials.”
Richardson, who represented the West Indies in 86 Tests, scoring 5,949 runs (av. 44.39) and 224 One-Day Internationals, promised to be focused and committed on his current assignment with the West Indies team until the end of the Australia tour.
The West Indies team will play two Tests, two One-Day Internationals and two Twenty/20 contests in Sri Lanka from October 14 to November 12 before heading to Australia for three Tests from December 10 to January 7, 2016.
The ICC elite panel of match referees comprise seven former players who officiate in Tests. The others are Ranjan Madugalle, Chris Broad, David Boon, Andy Pycroft, Jeff Crowe and Javagal Srinath.
Geoff Allardice, the ICC’s cricket general manager, said Richardson is a welcomed addition to the panel.
“Richie is one of the greats of the game who is admired not only for 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,” said Allardice. “He’s 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. 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.”
Richardson, who has been the West Indies manager since 2011, is the sixth West Indian to serve on the panel set up in 1992. He was preceded by Clive Lloyd, Cammie Smith, Jackie Hendriks, Everton Weekes and the late Clyde Walcott.