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Australian cricket welcomes international exchange umpires

Stephen Harris Tony Gillies and Nandan

Australian Cricket welcomes exchange umpires from South Africa, New Zealand and India for rounds six and seven of the Sheffield Shield.

Stephen Harris (South Africa), Nanadan (India) and Tony Gillies (New Zealand) have been appointed to upcoming fixtures in Melbourne/Sydney; Brisbane/Adelaide and Adelaide respectively.

All three umpires arrived in Australia on 30 January giving them the opportunity to meet before they travel to their first game the following day. 

Meanwhile, National Umpire Panel member Geoff Joshua has departed for South Africa to stand in the upcoming Sunfoil Series fixture between the Cape Cobras and the VKB Knights at Boland Parl in Paarl. Joshua will then stand in the Highveld Lions, VKB Knights match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.  In December 2016, Sam Nogajski travelled to India to officiate in the Ranji Trophy.

The exchange program between the four countries provides a number of benefits, including:-

• Travelling to and officiating in foreign conditions

• Managing unfamiliar teams at new venues

• Working with new colleagues under a different system

• Learning and adopting new Playing Conditions

• Experiencing ‘life on the road’ encountered regularly by umpires at the next level and building contacts in other countries

 

The successful program continues from previous seasons where a number of National Panel Umpires travelled to India, South Africa and New Zealand.