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Australian Match Officials travel far and wide during “off” season

John Ward and Simon Fry

Similar to their player counterparts, the cricket “off” season seems a thing of the past as Australia’s elite Match Officials are appointed to fixtures around the world.

Although much of Australia is in the depths of a freezing winter, Simon Fry (Zimbabwe); Paul Wilson/Steve Bernard (Scotland and Ireland); Mick Martell/John Ward (West Indies) and Daryl Harper (Papua New Guinea) have been chasing the sun, proving that the job of a professional match official is no longer confined to the six months of summer.

National Umpire Panel (NUP) Members

Simon Fry | Zimbabwe v India One-Day International Series | Zimbabwe

Simon Fry completed a stellar 12 month period when appointed by the ICC to the Zimbabwe versus India One-Day International Series in Harare, Zimbabwe. Fry stood on-field in all three games alongside Zimbabwean trio Russell Tiffin, Jeremiah Matibiri and Langton Rusere during July. 

This international appointment came on the back of a strong ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 campaign. One of 20 umpires appointed to the four-yearly tournament, Fry was appointed to five games on either side of the Tasman.

Earlier in the Australian summer Fry was also appointed by the ICC to the Sri Lanka versus England One-Day International Series in Sri Lanka throughout November 2014. There he stood in two fixtures in Colombo and Hambantota, and was third umpire in a further two matches.

On Australian shores, Fry was instrumental throughout the various Australian international series’ against South Africa, India and England in all three formats before and after Christmas.

This time 12 months ago Fry was in Brisbane and Darwin as part of the four-day and one-day Australia ‘A’ Series respectively. This culminated in Fry being appointed to the final between India ‘A’ and Australia ‘A’ at Marrara Oval in Darwin for the one-day component.

Paul Wilson | ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers 2015 | Scotland and Ireland

Paul Wilson has been appointed to the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers, held in Scotland and Ireland throughout July.

Wilson is one of 13 umpires selected, and stood alongside experienced ICC Elite Panel member Nigel Llong as well as Gregory Brathwaite, Anil Chaudhary, Johan Cloete, Shaun George, Mark Hawthorne, Vineet Kulkarni, David Odhiambo, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Ian Ramage, Ahsan Raza and Tim Robinson.

There are 14 teams vying for six hotly contested spots which gains entry to the ICC World Twenty20 2016 tournament. The six qualifying teams will then join the 10 Full Members in India next March/April 2016. The 51 match tournament has been split into two groups:- 

Group A

Ireland |Nepal |Hong Kong |Jersey |Papua New Guinea |Namibia |United States of America

Group B

Afghanistan |Canada | Netherlands | Scotland |Kenya |Oman | United Arab Emirates

Mick Martell and John Ward | Caribbean Premier League | West Indies

Mick Martell and John Ward are currently in the West Indies for the Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament (CPL T20). The pair are the only internationally appointed umpires to the third edition of the tournament. 

Although the thought of pristine beaches might be conjured when thinking of the West Indies, the pair have instead been met with a rigorous schedule, travelling between countries Barbados; St Kitts; St Lucia; Jamaica; Trinidad and Guyana during their four-week, 16-match stint. Although just over 1,500km away, one particular trip between St Kitts and Jamaica took 17 hours thanks to requiring a flight via Miami.

 

Umpire High Performance Panel (UHPP) Members

Steve Bernard | ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers 2015 | Scotland and Ireland

Joining Paul Wilson in Scotland and Ireland for the duration of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers is Match Referee Steve Bernard. Bernard has been appointed in the capacity of Regional ICC Match Referee alongside of David Jukes and Graeme La Brooy.

 

Daryl Harper | 2015 XV Pacific Games | Papua New Guinea

Umpire High Performance Panel member Daryl Harper travelled to Papua New Guinea for the Pacific Games in July. Hosted in Port Moresby, Harper was appointed a Match Referee to oversee all games which included men’s and women’s teams from Vanuatu, Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Samoa, Tonga and hosts Papua New Guinea.

 

For the remaining panel members, they continue to work on their individual fitness and performance planning for season 2015/16. Leading into the season, there will be opportunities to dust off the cobwebs as part of the state pre-season trial matches in Queensland.

In September the entire National Umpire Panel and Umpire High Performance Panel members will meet for a multi-day pre-season seminar before the Matador BBQ’s One-Day Cup starts in the first week of October.