The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the Emirates Elite Panel and Emirates International Panel appointments for the ODI and Test series between India and Sri Lanka from October to December 2005.

From the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, Alan Hurst will officiate in the seven-match ODI series in October and November, and then Clive Lloyd will assume the refereeing duties for the three-match Test series in December.

The second match of that Test series, scheduled to start on 10 December, will be Lloyd’s 50th as a match referee in a career spanning 13 years.  Lloyd’s first match in the role was between South Africa and India in Durban in November 1992, South Africa’s first home Test following isolation.

Billy Bowden of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires will stand in the first four matches of the ODI series in Nagpur, Mohali, Jaipur and Pune with Mark Benson of the Emirates International Panel taking over for the final three matches of the series, in Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Baroda.

Both umpires will stand alongside umpires appointed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the ODI series.

Benson will be joined by Daryl Harper of the Emirates Elite Panel from the first match of the three-Test series, scheduled for December 2.

Emirates Elite Panel Umpire Simon Taufel will stand alongside Emirates International Panel Umpire Nadeem Ghauri in the second Test, set to start on 10 December while, in the third Test, from December 18, Taufel will be replaced by Bowden, who will be joined by Asad Rauf, like Ghauri a member of the Emirates International Panel.

The venues for all three Test matches are yet to be announced.

For full details of the umpires and refereeing appointments up to and including December 2005, please visit the umpires and referees section of the ICC website.

For further information, please contact:

Brian Murgatroyd
ICC media manager
Tel: +971 4 3688088 ext 112