The International Cricket Council (ICC), the controlling body for cricket worldwide has appointed former Sri Lankan Cricket Captain and International Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle to be its Chief Referee.
This is a new position within the ICC, which did not previously have a Chief Referee.
“He is clearly regarded as the outstanding member of the existing panel. His record as a former Captain of Sri Lanka and the high regard in which he is held throughout the cricket world make him an ideal appointment for this position”, Malcolm Speed, the ICC Chief Executive said.
The ICC recently took a decision to appoint five International Match Referees on contract, departing from the present practice of appointing Match Referees tour by tour. Madugalle is the first of the five Match Referees to be appointed.
As his first task Madugalle will identify a panel of potential referees from whom the remaining four referees will be chosen. The ICC Chief Executive and Sunil Gavaskar, the Chairman of the Cricket Committee-Playing, will choose the final panel.
Madugalle is currently in Galle as a television commentator for the on-going Test series between Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
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