Kathmandu – Buddhi Bahadur Pradhan(Nepal) has been re-appointed into the ICC Associate and Affiliate International Umpires’ Panel for 2012 following the ICC’s annual review and selection process.
Along with him is Singapore’s Sarika Siva Prasad. They both have been on this panel since 2005. Recently, Buddhi did his umpiring in the ICC Combined XI v England at Dubai while Sarika Prasad stood in the Final of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier.
The umpires on the ICC Associate and Affiliate International Umpires’ Panel are assigned to ODIs and T20Is involving Associate and Affiliate Members and officiate in Under-19 and women’s international cricket.
“These two are the best umpires in the Asian region. We’d like to see more umpires from our region officiating at the global level. There are certainly more opportunities for umpires than ever before with the Asian Games, the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League and various qualifiers. Even though there can only be two from the Asian region at present on the ICC panel and these two because of their youth and ability being in no danger of retiring anytime soon, pathways are in place for the rest to get close to the level of Sarika and Buddhi,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura.
ICC Associate and Affiliate International Umpires’ Panel 2012
Africa – Jeff Luck (Namibia), David Odhiambo (Kenya)
Americas – Roger Dill (Bermuda), Courtney Young (Cayman Islands)
Asia – Buddhi Pradhan (Nepal), Sarika Prasad (Singapore)
East Asia-Pacific – Shahul Hameed (Indonesia)
Europe – Niels Bagh (Denmark), Mark Hawthorne (Ireland), Ian Ramage (Scotland), Richard Smith (Ireland)
Source: Asian Cricket Council