Dubai (Hindustan). Javagal Srinath of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees will officiate in his 250th ODI in the Asia Cup clash between India and Nepal in Pallekele on Monday.
Former India fast bowler Srinath, who took 236 wickets in 67 Test matches and 315 wickets in 229 ODIs, was a member of the team that reached the final of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2003. He later remained an ICC match referee for three years.
Srinath, who will become the fourth player after Ranjan Madugalle, Chris Broad and Jeff Crowe to reach the feat of 250 ODIs as a match referee, was quoted by ICC as saying that it has been a privilege to umpire so many matches. .
Srinath said, “It feels great to reach this position as a match referee. I have been on the circuit for 17 years and it is unbelievable that I have officiated in more ODI matches than I have ever officiated.”
He said, “I am fortunate to still be associated with the game. My performances since my international debut as a match referee in the Test match between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Colombo in 2006 have been excellent and I will strive to do my best in the years to come. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ICC, BCCI, my colleagues at the elite panel as well as my near and dear ones who have been with me on this journey.”
ICC Umpire and Referee Manager Sean Eazy congratulated Srinath on reaching this achievement.
“Srinath has made the transition beautifully from player to match referee and we are fortunate to have him on our elite panel,” said Sean. His experience and the players’ respect for him are very valuable. Achieving this kind of sustained success requires a lot of commitment and sacrifice. On behalf of the ICC, I congratulate Javagal on reaching this special achievement.”
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