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Elite Panel of ICC Referees

The Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Referees is composed of former international cricket players who are appointed by the ICC to oversee all Test match, One Day International and Twenty20 International cricket matches in the capacity of Match referee. The referees are ultimately in charge of all international cricket matches, and act as the ICC's representative at the grounds. In addition they are responsible for imposing penalties for infringements of the ICC Code of Conduct, and so being ex-international cricketers they can ensure that the punishments dealt out are just. The referees also form part of the ICC's umpire performance review, submitting reports about the umpires after each match.

Current members

As of the 28 March 2024 the ICC Elite Panel consisted of:[1][2]

Referee Date of Birth Age Tests ODIs T20Is Country
David Boon[3] 29 December 1960 63 years, 151 days 73 171 100 Australia Australia
Jeff Crowe[4] 14 September 1958 65 years, 257 days 115 326 167 New Zealand New Zealand
Ranjan Madugalle[5] 22 April 1959 65 years, 36 days 214 394 139 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Andy Pycroft[6] 6 June 1956 67 years, 357 days 93 221 135 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Richie Richardson[7] 12 January 1962 62 years, 137 days 47 93 77 Cricket West Indies West Indies
Javagal Srinath[8] 31 August 1969 54 years, 271 days 65 269 118 India India

Past Members

The following people were included in the inaugural panel of elite referees but have since retired:

Referee Date of Birth Joined
Tests ODIs T20Is Country
Gundappa Viswanath 12 February 1949 2002 2004 15 80 0 India India
Wasim Raja 3 July 1952 2002 2004 15 35 0 Pakistan Pakistan
Clive Lloyd 31 August 1944 2002 2007 53 133 2 Cricket West Indies West Indies
Mike Procter 15 September 1946 2002 2008 47 162 15 South Africa South Africa
Chris Broad 29 September 1957 2003 2024 123 361 136 England England
Alan Hurst 15 July 1950 2004 2011 45 102 26 Australia Australia
Roshan Mahanama 31 May 1966 2004 2015 61 222 35 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka


2006 ball-tampering controversy

Mike Procter was criticised for failing to persuade umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove to continue with the match, which was awarded to England when Pakistan refused to take the field in protest at being accused of ball tampering.[9]

2007 Cricket World Cup Final

Jeff Crowe was seen as ultimately responsible for the failure of the five match officials (himself and umpires Bucknor, Dar, Koertzen and Bowden) to adhere to the ICC's playing conditions regarding to the number of overs required before Duckworth-Lewis can determine the outcome of a match.

This resulted in Australia and Sri Lanka having to play out three overs in near darkness, since they had been told they would otherwise have to return and play out the overs the following day. In the aftermath of this fiasco, Crowe apologised on behalf of the playing control team for the error.[10]



Most Test matches as a referee as of 10 November 2022:[11]

Referee Period Matches
Sri Lanka Ranjan Madugalle 1993–present 214
England Chris Broad 2003–present 120
New Zealand Jeff Crowe 2004–present 115
Zimbabwe Andy Pycroft 2009–present 93
Australia David Boon 2011–present 73


Most ODI matches as a referee as of 10 November 2022:[12]

Referee Period Matches
Sri Lanka Ranjan Madugalle 1993–present 394
England Chris Broad 2004–present 355
New Zealand Jeff Crowe 2004–present 326
India Javagal Srinath 2006–present 269
Sri Lanka Roshan Mahanama 2004-2015 222


Most T20I matches as a referee as of 10 November 2022:[13]

Referee Period Matches
New Zealand Jeff Crowe 2005–present 167
Sri Lanka Ranjan Madugalle 2006–present 139
Zimbabwe Andy Pycroft 2009–present 135
England Chris Broad 2005–present 131
India Javagal Srinath 2006–present 118


  1. ^ "Sharfuddoula becomes the first Bangladesh umpire to be included in the ICC Elite Panel". ICC. 28 March 2024.
  2. ^ "ICC Elite Referee Panel". Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  3. ^ "David Boon". Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Jeff Crowe". Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Ranjan Madugalle". Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Andy Pycroft". Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Richie Richardson". Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Javagal Srinath". Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  9. ^ See 4th from bottom paragraph
  10. ^ Crowe admits error
  11. ^ "Most matches as a referee: Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  12. ^ "Most matches as a referee: ODI". Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  13. ^ "Records | Twenty20 Internationals | Individual records (captains, players, umpires) | Most matches as a match referee |". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2022-11-08.

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