Dubai, June 4: India's Sundaram Ravi was today named in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Elite Panel of ICC Umpires for 2015-2016, effective from 1 July. Ravi is only the second Indian to be in the Elite Panel after former captain Srinivas Venkataraghavan.
ICC made the announcement on Thursday following the annual review and selection process. Ravi and Chris Gaffaney have been promoted from the International Panel of ICC Umpires to the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires where they have replaced Billy Bowden and the retiring Steve Davis, ICC said in a statement.
The Elite Panel of ICC Umpires for 2015-2016 will be: Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Sundaram Ravi, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker and Bruce Oxenford.
Gaffaney, who officiated in his first first-class match in 2005, made his international umpiring debut in Toronto in September 2010 in an ODI between Canada and Ireland, and has to date umpired in two Tests, 41 ODIs and 15 T20Is. Ravi has umpired in six Tests, 24 ODIs and 12 T20Is, since making his international debut in Visakhapatnam in December 2011 in an ODI between India and the West Indies.
Both the officials also umpired in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 earlier this year in Australia and New Zealand.
ICC General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice, congratulated Gaffaney and Ravi on their elevation. "Their promotion is a testament to their hard work, as well as good decision-making and man-management skills over a period of time on the international panel."
The 49-year-old Ravi said: "I feel honoured and privileged to be selected for the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and thank the BCCI for its support and the ICC for providing this opportunity.
"I have always enjoyed the company of those umpires already on the elite panel and now I have the chance to work with them all on a more regular basis. I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead and aim to maintain a high standard of umpiring."
The Elite Panel of ICC Umpires was selected by the ICC Umpires Selection Panel consisting of Chairman, Geoff Allardice, ICC's General Manager - Cricket, ICC Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle, ex-England player and coach and umpire, David Lloyd, and Srinivas Venkataraghavan, the former India captain and international umpire.