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Below are links to news stories about umpiring and scoring. The most recent items are also featured on the home page but below you will find older articles that may be of interest.

4 June 2014
Following the recent run out of Jos Buttler by Sri Lankan bowler, Senanayake, Jonathan Agnew argues for a change of the ICC regulations and give control to the umpires.

24 March 2014
The ICC's CEO, Dave Richardson, hopes to get India on board and backing the review system, but that doesn't look likely to happen, according to Martin Crowe writing on the Cricinfo website.

23 March 2014
England T20 captain, Stuart Broad has been fined for criticising the umpires during the T20 World Cup, reports the BBC website.

11 November 2013
Australian captain Michael Clarke claims DRS 'distorts the game'.

29 September 2013
The 5th edition of the 2000 Laws of Cricket which come into effect on 1 October are outlined on the MCC website.

27 September 2013
Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf has, through his lawyer, denied the allegations made against him by Mumbai Police in its chargesheet on the IPL betting scandal. "All the allegations reported in media are baseless," Rauf's lawyer, Syed Ali Zafar, said in Lahore. For more details, see the report by Umar Farooq on Cricinfo.

21 September 2013
Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf has been charged by police in relation to the spot-fixing scandal in this year's Indian Premier League, according to the BBC website. The umpire maintains his innocence, according to a report on the Cricinfo website.

18 September 2013
The decision review system used in Tests will be changed to allow an extra two referrals per team in this winter's Ashes series. An ICC trial will start from 1 October allowing reviews in Test matches using DRS to be topped up after 80 overs of an innings, reports the BBC website.

18 August 2013
England batsman Jonathan Trott says the decision review system should be changed to help batsmen during an interview with the BBC.

14 August 2013
In an article in which he says that "Umpiring is the hardest job in cricket and the people who do it have my utmost respect", Alec Stewart (former Surrey and England player) argues that the ICC should bring back home umpires in Test matches. The article can be read on the BBC website.

11 August 2013
Who'd be a Test umpire? asks Brydon Coverdale writing on Cricinfo.

9 August 2013
Former Test umpire John Holder says television officials need extra training in a bid to eradicate the errors that have blighted the Ashes. He argues that third umpires are too reluctant to overturn their on-field colleagues' decisions reports the BBC.

4 August 2013
Umpiring decisions leave a sour taste in third Test, argues Jonathan Agnew, the BBC's cricket correspondent.

3 August 2013
In the wake of recent umpiring controversies in the Ashes series, a recall for Billy Bowden is in the pipeline, according to Andy Wilson writing in the Guardian. Meanwhile, India have been offered a compromise solution in an effort to persuade them to accept the Decision Review System so it can be universally adopted at international level, according to George Dobell writing on Cricinfo.

2 August 2013
In the aftermath of the Usman Khawaja dismissal, ex-England captain Michael Vaughan argues we need best umpires officiating, even if they are English or Australian.

1 August 2013
Following the controversial dismissal of Australian batsman, Usman Khawaja, on the first day of the 3rd Test Match, James Sutherland, the Chief Executive of Cricket Australia, has contacted the ICC to seek clarification on the dismissal, writes Nick Hoult writing in the Daily Telegraph. There is further coverage by Brydon Coverdale writing on Cricinfo and by Andy Wilson writing in the Guardian. Elsewhere in the same paper the incident is described as an "umpire howler" by The Guardian.

26 July 2013
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has defended the performance of the umpires and the DRS after criticism following the Trent Bridge Test between England and Australia, whilst also admitting to errors in cases involving Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad, according to George Dobell writing on the Cricinfo website.

23 July 2013
Simon Taufel will be giving this year's MCC Spirit of Cricket lecture on 24 July.

18 July 2013
David Richardson, the ICC chief executive, has revealed a trial is underway during the current Ashes series to enhance the role of the third umpire by feeding him direct pictures that would avert controversial incidents, reports Nagraj Gollapudi on Cricinfo. In a separate article David Richardson is reported to have said that the issue of neutral umpires is once again up for debate in light of events leading from the first Ashes Test, with the workload on the four neutral officials available for the England-Australia Test being scrutinised.

17 July 2013
The MCC's World Cricket Committee has restated its support of the DRS with a "unanimous" opinion of those present at its meeting at Lord's that the referral system can only improve umpiring decisions, reports Nagraj Gollapudi. The MCC statement can be found here. Meanwhile, former Australian Test player, Adam Gilchrist argues that "the DRS is not the solution, it's part of the problem", writing in the Cricinfo magazine. Amidst criticism of the ICC elite umpire, Aleem Dar, former ICC umpire Daryl Harper says he "is still one of the best", reports the Pakistan Observer.

16 July 2013
Following controversy in the use of DRS during current Test series between England and Australia, Brad Haddin calls for decision referrals to be taken out of the hands of players and left as a tool of international umpires, writes Daniel Brettig on Cricinfo. Discussing the recent incidents Sambit Bal asks how about demanding honesty from the players? In an interesting piece, in the Independent Stephen Brenkley considers the problem of only having four of the ICC’s elite umpire panel eligible for the Ashes.

13 July 2013
Stuart Broad not walking is "no big deal", according to ex-international umpire, John Holder, writing in The Observer.

12 July 2013
Much coverage in the newspapers about Stuart Broad not walking in the Test match including by Andy Wilson in The Guardian and Paul Hayward in the Daily Telegraph.

25 June 2013
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that former Test cricketers Richard Illingworth and Paul Reiffel have been selected on the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires following the annual review and selection process. They replace Billy Bowden and Asad Rauf who have been stepped down. For more details see the ICC website.

14 April 2013
"Make the shortest format (of the game) two-innings a side", argues Rob Steen in the latest in a series of articles about possible rule changes to the Laws of Cricket featured on the Cricinfo website.

13 April 2013
The Pakistan Cricket Board has banned two umpires for corruption, reports the Cricinfo website.

4 April 2013
The International Cricket Council have announced umpires will call a no ball if a bowler clatters the non-striker's wicket from 30 April, bringing forward the Law change due to come into effect in October, reports the BBC website.

22 March 2013
Permit two run-outs off the same delivery argues Saad Shafqat writing on Cricinfo. Meanwhile, ICC Chief Executive, Dave Richardson says that the Indian Cricket Board is still a "long way" from accepting the Decision Review System, reports Cricinfo.

21 March 2013
Following the dismissal of Pakistan batsman, Hafeez, for Obstructing the field early in the recent ODI against South Africa, the relevant Law is discussed on the MCC website. The incident can be viewed here.

18 March 2013
Umpire Nadir Shah has been banned for 10 years by the Bangladesh Cricket Board on charges of corruption, reports the BBC website.

24 February 2013
The administrators must reach a consensus on the Decision Review System argues Ian Chappell writing in Cricinfo.

21 February 2013
The MCC is to change the Laws of cricket so that if a bowler dislodges a bail in his delivery stride it will be a no-ball. The change will come into effect from October 2013, writes Alan Gardner in Cricinfo. The issue is also covered on the BBC website. A statement is also available on the MCC website including a podcast by MCC Laws Manager, Fraser Stewart, which discusses the reasoning behind MCC bringing in the new Law.

17 February 2013
"Don't ban captains for slow over-rates - it only serves to devalue the next game, especially if it's a crucial one, argues Andrew Fidel Fernando in the latest of a series of Cricinfo articles on cricket rules and laws that could do with changing.

15 February 2013
The ICC has admitted its Playing Control Team made "an honest error" while applying the DRS to the Jacques Kallis review on the second day of the Newlands Test and that the batsman was erroneously given out, reports Firdose Moonda on Cricinfo.

10 February 2013
"What's wrong with Mankading?" asks Brydon Coverdale in the latest of a series of Cricinfo articles on cricket rules and laws that could do with changing.

5 February 2013
Tributes to the late David Edwards, who died on 4 February have been posted on the Surrey CCC website and the ECB ACO website.

2 February 2013
"Do not allow today's well-armoured batsmen to get runs when they let the ball hit their bodies rather than their bats", argues George Binoy in the latest of a series of Cricinfo articles on cricket rules and laws that could do with changing.

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31 January 2013
"India have again struck down the latest attempt to bring more consistency to the implementation of the DRS by threatening to pull out of any tour in which the host country insisted on using the technology", according to Nagraj Gollapudi writing on Cricinfo.

27 January 2013
"Take the DRS out of the players' hands…umpires should be empowered to use technology to improve their decision-making", argues Ian Chappell in the latest of a series of Cricinfo articles on cricket rules and laws that could do with changing.

21 January 2013
Kane Richardson treading on his stumps in the Big Bash League clash between Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers threw-up a complicated incident surrounding appeals. The incident is reviewed on the MCC website.

20 January 2013
"Why put a batsman at a disadvantage for a bowler's rudimentary mistake of colliding with the stumps?" asks David Hopps in the latest of a series of Cricinfo articles on cricket rules and laws that could do with changing.

11 January 2013
The MCC have announced that Simon Taufel, the five-time ICC Umpire of the Year, will deliver the 2013 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's on Wednesday 24 July. For more details see the MCC website. The MCC website also looks back at his career.

10 January 2013
The ICC has suggested a policy change regarding the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) but the Indian Cricket Board continues to resist, reports Nagraj Gollapudi on Cricinfo.

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22 December 2012
"Go back to the back foot to reduce the number of illegal deliveries bowled, improve over rates, and give umpires more time to spend on the important decisions", argues Ian Chappell in the latest of a series of Cricinfo articles on cricket rules and laws that could do with changing.

20 December 2012
Use the DRS to get rid of howlers. not to strive for perfection argues Mark Nicholas in an article on the Cricinfo website.

9 December 2012
"More bouncers please" asks Sharda Ugra in the first of a series of Cricinfo articles on cricket rules and laws that could do with changing.

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28 November 2012
To be a good umpire you have to be a good person, argues Simon Taufel in an interview on the Cricinfo website.

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10 October 2012
The ICC and the cricket boards of Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh have agreed not to appoint any of the umpires named in the sting operation, recently conducted by India TV, for domestic or international matches pending the outcome of the investigations alleging that the umpires had agreed to accept money to give decisions favouring certain players. All the umpires have denied their involvement in match-fixing. For more details see this report on the Cricinfo website.

8 October 2012
Following allegations, by India TV, of match-fixing involving six umpires ahead of the recent World Twenty20 tournament is reported on the BBC website.

6 October 2012
On the eve of Simon Taufel's retirement from international umpiring, former ICC Elite Panel umpire Daryl Harper writes about Taufel's qualities on Cricinfo.

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29 September 2012
Rather than calling dead ball when Stephen Finn disturbs the wicket in his delivery stride, it should be a no-ball, argues David Hopps writing on Cricinfo.

27 September 2012
The latest issue of the ECB ACO newsletter is now available on the ACO website.

26 September 2012
Australian umpire Simon Taufel is to retire from the International Cricket Council's elite panel following the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, reports the BBC website.

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31 August 2012
Following the controversial run out of Somerset batsman, Alex Barrow, by Surrey bowler Murali Kartick, the MCC have issued a statement on the incident on the MCC website.

19 August 2012
Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd are shown trying their hand at judging LBW decisions with feedback from Hawkeye at the Lord's Indoor School on a Sky Sports video clip.

9 August 2012
County umpires have been told that they should not call dead ball if bowlers disturb the wicket at the non-striker's end as England seamer Steve Finn did during the recent Headingley Test, according to Paul Bolton writing in the Daily Telegraph.

2 August 2012
The MCC are to discuss umpire Steve Davis's controversial decision to deny England the wicket of South Africa captain Graeme Smith in the first day of the Test Match because bowler Steve Finn had dislodged the bails at the non-striker's end in his delivery stride, reports Paul Bolton in the Daily Telegraph. In further coverage of the incident, it is reported that England's James Anderson was "perplexed and frustrated" to hear the umpire Steve Davis call a dead-ball against Steven Finn, with a delivery from which he had the South Africa captain, Graeme Smith, caught at slip, according to the Guardian website.

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28 June 2012
Dave Richardson, the ICC's new chief executive, has said that India would not be forced into accepting the universal application of the Decision Review System, reports the Cricinfo website.

27 June 2012
The universal application of the umpire decision review system in international cricket has been rejected by the International Cricket Council's executive board, reports the Guardian website.

26 June 2012
The universal application of the Decision Review System, which was recommended by the ICC's cricket committee and by its Chief Executives Committee, has met an expected and swift end at the ICC's Executive Board meeting, writes Sharda Ugra on the Cricinfo website.

25 June 2012
IThe ICC's Chief Executives Committee has reiterated its commitment to the Decision Review System becoming mandatory in international cricket, recommending it to the Executive Board. However, the BCCI - which has long opposed DRS - immediately responded by saying its stand remained unchanged, putting the proposal into serious doubt, writes Sharda Ugra on Cricinfo. The story is also covered by Andy Wilson in The Guardian.

8 June 2012
The latest ECB ACO members' newsletter is now available on the ECB ACO website.

7 June 2012
Billy Doctrove has announced that he is stepping down from the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires, reports the BBC website. His retirement is also covered on the Cricinfo website.

1 June 2012
The ICC Cricket committee has decided to make no change to the current regulations covering the switch-hit and also decided to keep the Duckworth/Lewis method - used for calculating revised targets in weather-affected matches - rather than opt for the alternative Indian VJD method. The committee also reaffirmed its support for the Decision Review System and proposed to abolish the bowling powerplay in ODIs, and allow two bouncers per over. These will be considered by the full ICC board in June. For more details, see the ICC website. The committee have decided to seek further advice from the MCC on the issue of the switch-hit, as reported on the MCC website.

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11 May 2012
The ICC are reviewing the switch-hit this week and innovative shots like it must be encouraged, not penalised, according to Simon Hughes writing in the Telegraph.

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14 April 2012
Aleem Dar, the ICC Elite umpire, has joined the chorus for the mandatory use of the Hot Spot technology for all series to minimise umpiring errors. Dar said he was fully supportive of the Decision Review System, and wanted consistency in the use of various technology, reports Cricinfo .

19 March 2012
England coach Andy Flower has reminded his players to respect umpires and the opposition, after a disputed catch in England's opening tour game versus a Sri Lanka Board XI, in an interview with BBC Sport .

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29 February 2012
Martin Saggers talks about the forthcoming season, his first on the ECB First Class list of umpires, in an interview with Ben Croucher from BBC Radio Kent.

26 February 2012
Further controversy engulfs the current triangular series in Australia with David Hussey given not out 'handled the ball' for taking defensive action. The incident is described in this article by Sidharth Monga on the Cricinfo website.

21 February 2012
There is discussion about an incident in the ODI between India and Sri Lanka, in the current triangular series in Australia in which India withdraw an appeal for run out against Sri Lankan batsman, Thirimanne, who was backing-up out of his crease when run out by the bowler. The incident is covered by Sidharth Monga on the Cricinfo website.

14 February 2012
David Richardson, the ICC's general manager of cricket, talks about the impact of the review system, and the tests currently being conducted to analyse the effectiveness of ball-tracking technology to George Dobell on the Cricinfo website.

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20 January 2012
The latest ECB ACO newsletter has been published on the ECB ACO website. Meanwhile, Andy Flower is reported as wanting a DRS rethink according to George Dobell on the Cricinfo website.

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30 December 2011
India will not support the DRS until they are convinced that the technology is 100% perfect, captain MS Dhoni has reiterated according to a report by Sidharth Monga writing in Cricinfo. In another feature Harsha Bhogle argues that it is time for the debate to end over the use of DRS.

26 December 2011
Debutant batsman, Ed Cowan, has reiterated Australia's calls for a uniform approach to the Decision Review System on a day when he and Michael Hussey fell to decisions that would have been overturned had they been reviewed, reports Brydon Coverdale in Cricinfo. Meanwhile, the President of the Bangladesh Cricket Board argues that weaker teams get the short end of the stick when it comes to umpiring decisions, according to a report in Cricinfo.

9 December 2011
Pakistan's series against England, to be played in the UAE from January 2012, will have DRS for the Tests in addition to the ODIs as previously decided, reports Cricinfo.

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30 November 2011
The ECB has announced that Martin Saggers has been added to the ECB first-class full list of umpires for 2012 following the retirement of John Steele at the end of the 2011 season. For more details see the ECB media release.

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11 October 2011
The ICC's executive board has gone back on the mandatory application of the Decision Review System in Tests and ODIs, and made it subject to bilateral agreements between the participating boards, reports Cricinfo staff.

8 October 2011
The latest newsletter from the ECB ACO is now available on the ACO website.

3 October 2011
The MCC has issued a statement clarifying the difference between the new ICC Playing Conditions, introduced on 1 October 2011, and the Laws of Cricket. A statement and podcast can be found on the MCC website.

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29 September 2011
Changes to the playing conditions for Tests, One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals will take effect from Saturday 1 October, it has been confirmed in an ICC Media Release.

9 September 2011
"The key to umpiring is people skills" says Simon Taufel as he talks about the challenges of officiating at the highest level in an interview with Daniel Brettig in Cricinfo magazine.

2 September 2011
Simon Taufel has referred a lbw dismissal in the first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia to the ICC as following concern about the accuracy of Hawk-Eye, reports Daniel Brettig on Cricinfo.

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22 August 2011
The Guardian's editorial praises umpire, Fred Bernard, who usually stands in Scarborough's Beckett Cricket League but found himself officiating in a First Class match between Yorkshire and Sussex last week.

10 August 2011
Technology's place in reviewing the decisions of umpires became murkier still as it was confirmed Sri Lanka's limited-overs and Test series against Australia will employ a version of the DRS that utilises Hawk-Eye technology but not Hot Spot - almost completely the inverse of the configuration used by England and India in their current series, reports Daniel Brettig on Cricinfo.

5 August 2011
ESCUSA committee member, Bernard Wright, and Trevor Woodage (of West Surrey Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers) have both been honoured with an award of an Outstanding Services to Cricket Award at the Oval. Bernard received his award from Surrey and England bowler Chris Tremlett and can be seen stood next to him in the group photo on the Surrey CCC website.

2 August 2011
Nobody had been given out in county cricket for obstructing the field since 1901, until this fate befell Mark Ramprakash during Surrey's County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham College, Andrew Hignell in his blog on the Cricketer website. In further coverage of the Ian Bell run out, Andy Flower defends England conduct according to Andy Wilson writing in the Guardian. The same story is covered by Cricinfo who reports that Flower denies double standards over the run-out reprieve. In a separate item, the company behind Hot Spot has denied the application of Vaseline to the edge of a bat has any discernible effect on the technology reports Cricinfo.

1 August 2011
Reflecting on the withdrawn appeal for run out against Ian Bell in the recent Test Match, it is argued that "the Indians had nothing for which to feel ashamed. On the contrary, it is England whose reputations are, to my mind, (slightly) diminished by this incident" by Ian Massie writing in the Spectator magazine. Ian Bell admits to naivety following the recent incident in the Test Match between England and India, reports the BBC website. Writing in the Telegraph Steve James reflects on the Ian Bell incident and the Spirit of Cricket. Andrew Strauss hopes that MS Dhoni's gesture to allow Ian Bell to resume his innings following the controversial run-out, at tea on the third day at Trent Bridge, will prompt other captains to uphold the spirit of cricket, writes Andrew McGlashan on Cricinfo.

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31 July 2011
Further comment on the controversial dismissal of Mark Ramprakash is made by Jon Culley writing in the Independent. Nick Hoult in the Telegraph describes the events at Trent Bridge which led to Ian Bell being dismissed run-out before being reprieved following the withdrawal of the appeal by Indian captain MS Dhoni. In the same newspaper Derek Pringle argues that Under Law 27.8, the reprieve shouldn't have been allowed anyway, as any player must be recalled before they have left the field of play. An account of the events is also given by Mike Selvey writing in the Guardian and on the Cricinfo website. Following complaints from England, the company behind Hot Spot will undertake tests to see whether the cameras can be tricked by the use of artificial substances on the edge of the bat, according to Andrew McGlashan and Nagraj Gollapudi writing in Cricinfo.

30 July 2011
The unusual dismissal of Mark Ramprakash out 'obstructing the field' is described in a match report on the BBC website. Meanwhile, England question the accuracy of Hot Spot after they were sure VVS Laxman had edged a delivery but the third umpire couldn't overturn the decision, reports Andrew McGlashan on Cricinfo.

27 July 2011
Andy Flower, the England coach, has said the ICC should have over-ruled India's insistence on using a watered-down Decision Review System (DRS) for the ongoing Test series, according to an article in reports Cricinfo.

20 July 2011
A watered-down version of the Decision Review System (DRS) will be used in the England-India series with both sides agreeing to not use the system for lbw decisions, reports reports Cricinfo.

18 July 2011
India and England risk a return to the old days of umpiring controversies after rejecting all technological assistance for lbw decisions in the Test series that begins this week, reports David Hopps in the Guardian. Meanwhile in a a radio interview given to the BBC, recently retired Australian umpire Daryl Harper has accused India of "bullying" and criticises the ICC.

15 July 2011
Further coverage of Daryl Harper's recent comments on the ICC can be found on the Telegraph website.

14 July 2011
Daryl Harper, the recently retired international umpire, has said that it was the ICC's failure to take any action against India captain MS Dhoni for criticising his decisions in the first Test against West Indies was the chief factor in his decision to quit prematurely from umpiring, according to Daniel Brettig writing in Cricinfo.

8 July 2011
The Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA), the ECB umpires' manager and senior English umpires will meet next week in an attempt to quell the recent spate of poor behaviour in county cricket which has led to a number of players being suspended, writes Andrew McGlashan.

3 July 2011
"Australian cricket may be under review for its problems, but its umpiring system still serves as a blueprint for the rest of the world", writes Adam Wakefield in a feature on Cricinfo.

2 July 2011
All umpires make mistakes from time to time and rewinding to the series between Sri Lanka and England in 2001, the performance of one umpire is recalled by Martin Williamson in the Cricinfo magazine. In further comment on the ICC's decision to ban runners, Matthew Hoggard takes a bowler's perspective, writing in the Independent.

1 July 2011
"The DRS is not bigger than the game" and the "use of two balls and the change in Powerplay rules in ODIs" is more significant a decision, argues Harsha Bhogle in the Cricinfo magazine. In an article in the Guardian Mike Selvey discusses the decision by the ICC to ban the use of runners for injured batsmen in international matches.

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30 June 2011
The ICC will look for sponsors for the DRS to overcome the financial hurdles that less wealthy cricket boards will face in implementing the cost-intensive referral system now mandatory in international cricket, says Sharda Ugra on Cricinfo.

29 June 2011
Umpire Daryl Harper has withdrawn from the third Test between the West Indies and India, "in the wake of some unfair criticism," according to ICC general manager Dave Richardson, reports Cricinfo This was to be Harper's last match on the elite panel.

28 June 2011
The ICC's decision on the DRS needs a review "as the men charged with running the game have settled on a compromise as old as the game: the boy who brings the bat plays by his rules", writes Sambit Bal in Cricinfo.

27 June 2011
The ICC has unanimously agreed to make a modified version of the Decision Review System (DRS) mandatory in all Tests and one-day internationals, reports Sharda Ugra from the ICC Conference in Hong Kong. The decision is being considered a victory by both sides, according to Sharda Ugra

26 June 2011
On the eve of the ICC's conference, writing in the Independent, Stephen Brenkley says it's decision time on the review system and the future of the game. Another view, from Sidharth Monga, considers whether the DRS in its current form has moved too far away from its initial purpose of eliminating howlers.

25 June 2011
Ahead of the ICC's conference which will discuss the matter, the BCCI Vice-President, Niranjan Shah, has criticised the DRS in its present form, saying it offers marginal gains for a technology that is exorbitant and not error-free. Shah also questioned the economic feasibility of the system and the lack of competing technologies, according to a report on the Cricinfo website.

24 June 2011
The Decision Review System (DRS) is likely to be the focal point at the ICC's five-day annual conference that begins on Sunday in Hong Kong according to a report on the Cricinfo website. Meanwhile West Indies pace bowler Ravi Rampaul has been fined 10% of his match fee for dissent after disputing an umpire's decision in the first Test against India, writes the Daily Telegraph. The decision is also covered in an ICC media release.

23 June 2011
The Decision Review System (DRS) should be made mandatory and India's resistance to the system must be overcome by a majority vote in the ICC, Geoff Boycott, the former England batsman, has said according to Siddhartha Talya writing on Cricinfo.

18 June 2011
The Secretary of the Indian Cricket Board (the BCCI) has reiterated the board's stance against the DRS, saying it was not convinced the technology used at present was accurate all the time and that the resistance would continue until further improvements were made, writes Cricinfo.

17 June 2011
More views on the DRS are given with Gary Kirtsen, the new South Africa coach, describing it as a "great system" that had had a positive effect on umpiring standards. See Cricinfo website for the full story. In another article, S Rajesh analyses dismissals over the last two decades and concludes that the overall lbw percentage hasn't changed much, but spinners are getting more decisions in their favour.

16 June 2011
In further comment on the DRS, Sachin Tendulkar is reported to have said that he was not against it but felt it would be more effective with the support of the Snickometer and Hot Spot technology, in an interview with Sharda Ugra reported on the Cricinfo website.

15 June 2011
India's intransigence to the DRS is likely to prove self-defeating against England's spinner. Graeme Swann, later this summer, according to Mike Selvey writing in the Guardian.

13 June 2011
Following news that India have vetoed the use of the DRS, the system gets the backing of Surrey and England bowler, Chris Tremlett, reports the Cricinfo website.

10 June 2011
India have vetoed the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) for this summer's Test series in England, according to the BBC website. The news is also covered by Cricinfo.

10 June 2011
India have vetoed the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) for this summer's Test series in England, according to the BBC website. The news is also covered by Cricinfo.

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25 May 2011
The International Cricket Council has announced that Kumar Dharmasena and Richard Kettleborough have been selected on to the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires following the annual review and selection process. The two umpires will replace Daryl Harper and Asoka de Silva on the panel. For more details see the ICC media release.

14 May 2011
The latest newsletter from the ECB ACO has been published.

13 May 2011
The recommendation from the ICC Cricket Committee to make the DRS universal in international matches is welcomed by Harsha Bhogle in an article in the Cricinfo magazine.

11 May 2011
The ICC Cricket Committee has recommended the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in all Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20, but with just one failed review rather than two, reports the Cricinfo website.

10 May 2011
Umpire Ian Gould is described as the "rising star of umpiring" in a feature by Kevin Howells on his blog on the BBC website.

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22 March 2011
Umpires do not wish to become obsolete, but they know they cannot stand in the way of all-embracing progress, argues Ivo Tennant on the Cricinfo website.

11 March 2011
"Umpiring in the World Cup has run into fresh controversy with Ireland captain William Porterfield strongly criticising Asoka de Silva's decision to give Gary Wilson out lbw despite replays showing the batsman had offered a shot to a delivery that replays clearly indicated had hit him outside the line", reports Nagraj Gollapudi on the Cricinfo website.

6 March 2011
"The ICC has made a slight but significant alteration to the 2.5m rule, the most controversial segment of its decision review system (DRS) used in this World Cup, to enable more consistent application by the umpires", reports Sharda Ugra on the Cricinfo website.

4 March 2011
The latest edition of the ECB ACO newsletter is now available on the ECB website. It includes mention of John Flatley (East Surrey Secretary) and his intention to run the London Marathon.

2 March 2011
"Indian cricket officials have written to the International Cricket Council to complain about the umpire referral system at the World Cup following the reprieve of Ian Bell in the recent game between England and India, according to the BBC website.

1 March 2011
"The controversial clause in the Decision Review System (DRS) that reprieved Ian Bell during the tense England run-chase against India in Bangalore was introduced into the rules because of players' doubts over the accuracy of the ball tracker technology" according to ICC chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, in an interview with Sharda Ugra on the Cricinfo website.

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27 February 2011
A little known element of the UDRS led to Ian Bell surviving an LBW decision referral in the World Cup match between England and India. The incident is discussed on Cricinfo website.

22 February 2011
The umpire isn't always right, according to Ivo Tennant writing on the Cricinfo website about the UDRS.

9 February 2011
"The Umpire Decision Review System has, faults notwithstanding, the potential to be a boon for cricket" according to Rob Steen writing on the Cricinfo website.

10 January 2011
The ECB ACO have announced improved insurance cover for its members during the forthcoming 2011 cricket season. For more details see the ECB on website.

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16 December 2010
Steve Gale and Steve O'Shaughnessy have been appointed to the First Class Umpires List for 2011 following the retirements of Barry Dudleston and Vanburn Holder last season. In addition, three new umpires have been added to the First Class Reserve List for 2011; Alex Wharf, Billy Taylor and Russell Evans. Paul Baldwin, who addressed our AGM, is retained on the Reserve List. For more details see the ECB on website.

3 November 2010
MS Dhoni, India's captain, has said the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) should not be implemented unless it guarantees 100% accuracy, and that the on-field umpires must step up and make better decisions, reports the Cricinfo on website.

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27 October 2010
The man behind the technology at the heart of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) believes that players and umpires need to spend time understanding and questioning its workings so that the system's tools can be improved and their efficiency increased, writes Sharda Ugra on Cricinfo.

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30 September 2010
The MCC has introduced eight amendments or clarifications to the Laws of Cricket which come into effect on 1 October 2010. The changes are aimed at providing more fairness to both sides and reducing the amount of playing time lost. More details, including a video explaining the key changes can be found on the MCC website.

25 September 2010
Darrell Hair, the former Test umpire, has branded the Pakistan cricket team "cheats, frauds and liars" and criticised the International Cricket Council for refusing to act despite apparent evidence that Shoaib Akhtar tampered with the ball during the recent one-day international between Pakistan and England at the Rose Bowl, writes Jamie Jackson in the Observer.

16 September 2010
The umpires Tony Hill and Billy Bowden suspected one of Mohammad Amir's colossal no-balls in the Lord's Test was deliberate, but only as a means to intimidate the batsman Jonathan Trott, reports Cricinfo.

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28 August 2010
Cricinfo looks back 30 years to the Centenary Test in 1980, when MCC members at Lord's assaulted one of the umpires, in a piece by Martin Williamson.

25 August 2010
"The nebulous idea of the spirit of cricket is hard to sustain in our fractious times. Better to think in terms of respect for opponents, perhaps" writes Peter Roebuck in Cricinfo magazine.

18 August 2010
Four years after the controversial forfeited Test Match between England and Pakistan at the Oval in 2006, Test Match Special review the game. A podcast, including an interview with umpire Darrell Hair, is available to download from the TMS website. Suraj Randiv has been suspended by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board for one match following the no-ball controversy that denied Virender Sehwag a century during Monday's match between India and Sri Lanka, reports Cricinfo.

17 August 2010
Sri Lankan offspinner, Suraj Randiv, has apologised to Indian batsman, Virender Sehwag, for denying him a one-day century after a deliberate no-ball ended the match and left the India opener stranded on 99, reports Cricinfo.

16 August 2010
Somerset players showed a lack of awareness of the Laws of Cricket in the t20 final versus Hampshire by failing to run out the injured striker off the last ball of the game. The climax of the game is reviewed by Vic Marks writing in the Observer.

10 August 2010
The Surrey Cricket 'Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards' (OSCAs) for 2010 included an award for Graham Cooper and East Surrey member, Dan Feist. For more details see the Surrey CB website.

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28 July 2010
The newly-retired umpire Rudi Koertzen has called for the decision review system to be included in every Test series, according to Brydon Coverdale writing on the Cricinfo website.

20 July 2010
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has called on the ICC to make sure the Umpire Decision Review System is used in every series, after the Pakistan board did not put the system in place for the neutral series in England, reports Brydon Coverdale on the Cricinfo website.

19 July 2010
Following some unacceptable behaviour at some junior matches this year, Head of Non-First Class Cricket, Paul Bedford has issued a message on the ECB website.

18 July 2010
There's no better example of the dysfunctional nature of international cricket administration than the Umpire Decision Review System, argues Ian Chappell on the Cricinfo website.

14 July 2010
The MCC Laws Sub Committee has recently approved the 4th Edition of the Laws of Cricket and the ECB ACO has also produced a guide for new officials to manage a game of cricket. More details can be found on the ECB ACO website.

12 July 2010
Kumar Sangakkara, the Sri Lanka captain, has asked the ICC to step in and make the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) mandatory for all Test series, following India's refusal to use it for the upcoming series, reports the Cricinfo website.

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4 June 2010
Rudi Koertzen has announced his retirement from officiating in international cricket. The ICC have added Marais Erasmus, from South Africa, and Rodney Tucker, from Australia, to the Elite Panel of Umpires for 2010-11 to replace Koertzen and Mark Benson, who stepped down from the panel in February. Read more on the Cricinfo website.

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25 May 2010
The Umpire Decision Review System has been ditched from the forthcoming England-Bangladesh series after the ICC and Sky, the host broadcaster for the series, failed to reach an agreement over who would foot the bill, reports the Cricinfo website.

21 May 2010
The ICC Cricket Committee has recommended that the Umpire Decision Review System be implemented in the 2011 Word Cup and introduced as soon as possible in all Test series. The committee have also said the practice of the non-striker backing up while the ball was being delivered should be discouraged, as should batsmen changing their grip before the bowler entered his delivery stride, according to a report on the Cricinfo website.

8 May 2010
Few changes to the Laws have been as drastic or, even without the benefit of hindsight, crazy than the one tried out by the MCC in 1900, writes Martin Williamson on Cricinfo.

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9 March 2010
Two new items have been posted on the ECB ACO website: the first concerns the issue of umpire classifications and gradings and the second is about rates of remuneration and responsibilities for umpire appointments below First Class level.

8 March 2010
News about the he ECB ACO Constitution Working Party is available on the ECB ACO website.

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8 February 2010
Mark Benson has been offered a first-class umpire contract for the 2010 domestic season, reports the ECB website.

5 February 2010
The English umpire, Mark Benson, has confirmed his retirement from the ICC elite panel, and will see out his career on the county circuit, following his sudden withdrawal from the Adelaide Test between Australia and West Indies in December, according to a report on the Cricinfo website.

3 February 2010
"Make the third umpire proactive: it may disempower the two men on the field but failing to do so could make them unbending, self-protecting not-outers instead", argues Rob Steen in Cricinfo Magazine.

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25 January 2010
The ICC is planning a meeting with television broadcasters in March to sort out problems arising from the Umpire Decision Review System, reports Akhila Ranganna on Cricinfo. Peter Willey is reported as saying that he would rather live with human fallibility than the UDRS, according to Ranjit Shinde writing on Cricinfo.

24 January 2010
In an extended article, titled "The loneliness of the long-distance umpire", in The Observer Jamie Jackson claims that the ICC's elite officials have never been less appreciated. In a companion piece Vic Marks questions "whether the ICC have all the best umpires and whether they have implemented the best system of deploying them".

21 January 2010
Following the controversy surrounding the Umpire Decision Review System in the recent Test series between England and South Africa, Christopher Martin-Jenkins calls on the ICC to look again at the system. Writing in the Guardian, Mike Selvey argues that the system needs fine-tuning to quell the controversy over umpires' poor calls.

19 January 2010
South Africa coach Mickey Arthur has expressed his "mixed feelings" about the Umpire Decision Review System, reports Cricinfo

18 January 2010
"The ICC could allow Australian and English umpires to stand in the Ashes series later this year as its confidence with the umpire decision review system continues to grow", writes Brydon Coverdale in Cricinfo.

17 January 2010
The Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council has said he will "ensure a full and comprehensive investigation is carried out of issues involving technology and the decision review system (DRS) as applied during the fourth Test between South Africa and England in Johannesburg following controversy and receipt of an official complaint from the England and Wales Cricket Board" says an ICC media release Meanwhile, it is claimed that the Umpire Decision Referral System "has failed to live up to its billing" by Ian Chappell writing in Cricinfo Magazine. In another piece, in the Times Simon Barnes argues that "cricketers were never going to use the review system in the spirit in which it was offered".

16 January 2010
ICC match referee Roshan Mahanama has claimed that in the disputed referral of a Not Out decision for a caught behind appeal against South African skipper, Graeme Smith, "that the TV umpire followed the correct protocol" and "that the volume on the third umpire's feed ... had been configured to optimise the quality of the audio" in a news article on the ICC website. Meanwhile the ECB "has asked the ICC to reinstate the review that was used up for the controversial appeal against Graeme Smith. Daryl Harper, the TV umpire, upheld the on-field decision of 'not out' made by Tony Hill, but England were furious when it emerged he hadn't had the volume turned up to hear the nick" reports Andrew McGlashan on the Cricinfo website.

15 January 2010
"Controversy continues to haunt umpire Daryl Harper - the third official, who once in the Caribbean unwittingly had his all important television screen switched to zoom mode, preventing him from seeing the ball....Today he failed to raise the volume control on his sound box beyond four out of a possible 10 while studying a review" writes the BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew on the latest controversy about the Umpire Decision Referral System. In another item, Andrew McGlashan claims "Harper howlers undermine UDRS" in an article on Cricinfo.

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24 December 2009
"If any single innovation were going to undermine the fragile, ancient contract of respect between players and umpires, it was not those hi-tech toys Hawk-Eye, Snicko and Hot Spot, but the bastard son of all of these: the referral system", argues Kevin Mitchell in his blog on the Guardian website.

14 December 2009
The ECB have announced the 2010 First Class and First Class reserve list of umpires. There are no new additions to the First Class list but Martin Saggers, the former Kent bowler, and Paul Baldwin, a member of the ICC Associate and Affiliates panel since its inception in 2005, join the reserve list. For more details see the ECB website.

8 December 2009
Mark Benson has quashed speculation of his impending retirement from the ICC's elite panel of umpires and has issued a statement declaring that his withdrawal from the recently concluded second Test between Australia and West Indies was entirely due to health reasons, reports Cricinfo. Mark Benson's full statement can be found in an ICC media release.

7 December 2009
In further coverage of Mark Benson's withdrawal as umpire in the second Test match between Australia and West Indies on the second morning, it is said that the ICC is facing a potential crisis over its controversial umpire decision referral system. Although the official explanation given by the ICC was that Benson was ill, reports have suggested that he quit due to frustration at his treatment during the first day's play in Adelaide, writes John Westerby in the Times. Meanwhile it is reported that officials at the ICC expect to be able to clarify Mark Benson's future as an elite umpire within the next 36 hours, according to the Cricinfo website. In another article on Cricinfo, reported criticism of the UDRS comes from Dickie Bird. Reactions from John Holder (Benson's umpiring mentor) and Chris Kelly (the ECB Umpires Manager) are quoted in an article by David Hopps in the Guardian.

6 December 2009
There is much coverage of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) following controversy over decisions in the Test Match between Australia and West Indies. The commentator Tony Crozier claims the system is simply not working. In related coverage, there is speculation that Mark Benson's decision to withdraw from the Adelaide Test was due to his annoyance over several incidents involving the UDRS on day one of the second Test between Australia and West Indies, one of which led to his original decision being overturned. The story is covered on many sites including Cricinfo.

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24 November 2009
Following doubts that the Umpire Decision Review System would be used in England's forthcoming Test series in South Africa, the International Cricket Council has confirmed that it will, reports the BBC website. The first priority of the umpire review system is to eliminate obvious mistakes but Dave Richardson, the ICC's cricket operations manager and man in charge of implementing the technology, hopes it will also lead to more batsmen not hanging around when they've edged behind, reports the Cricinfo website.

20 November 2009
"India seem to have made a start to combat illegal actions by allowing umpires to call bowlers on the field", writes Harsha Bhogle on the Cricinfo website.

17 November 2009
The Umpire Decision Review System is "in crisis" reports the BBC website.

13 November 2009
The controversial Umpire Decision Review System will be scrapped for the forthcoming India-Sri Lanka and South Africa-England Test series as broadcasters and national boards baulk at the costs, reports Alex Brown and Nagraj Gollapudi on Cricinfo.

9 November 2009
The ECB has announced that first-class umpires Richard Kettleborough and Richard Illingworth have been promoted to the ICC international panel with immediate effect. For more details see the ECB website. In other news, umpire Ahsan Raza's appointment as the reserve official in the third ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand marked his return to duty nine months after being seriously injured in the terror attacks on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore on March 3. The full story can be found on the Cricinfo website.

1 November 2009
"The death of umpire Alcwyn Jenkins during a club league match in Swansea last July has emphasised the importance of safety while umpiring and the need for the upmost concentration. Umpires have been severely injured by powerful shots standing at the bowler's end or at square-leg, but throw-ins can be equally dangerous, as was so devastatingly illustrated during the South Wales Cricket Association match between Swansea and Llangennech at the St Helen's ground" writes Charlie Randall.

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29 October 2009
Obituaries of David Shepherd feature in the news media today including in the Times and the Daily Telegraph

28 October 2009
There is lots of coverage of the sad news that former Test umpire David Shepherd has died after a battle with cancer. Among the reports are those from the BBC, the ECB and Cricinfo website. The Cricinfo website includes a tribute by Simon Taufel and an archived interview with "Shep" by David Foot. Among the other tributes is one from the ECB chief executive David Collier. The ICC President, David Morgan has expressed his sadness at the death of David Shepherd, reports the ICC website. All the national newspapers have included tributes including the Guardian, The Times, and the Daily Telegraph.

23 October 2009
The ECB fast bowling directives have changed following a two-year consultation process. The outcome is that bowlers up to under-15 level are now able to bowl longer spells and more overs in a day. For full details see the ECB website.

21 October 2009
Daryl Harper says that he has never apologised to a player about mistakes he has made umpiring in an interview with Nagraj Gollapudi on Cricinfo.

5 October 2009
David Edwards (Chairman of the Surrey ECB ACO, Secretary of the Surrey Championship Umpires Panel and member of East Surrey Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association) has been awarded a national 'OSCA' (Outstanding Service to Cricket Award) for the incredible work he puts into ensuring the continuation of cricket in the county. For more details see the Surrey CCC website.

1 October 2009
Aleem Dar has been declared "umpire of the year" in the annual ICC award ceremony reports Cricinfo. Meanwhile, the value of (the preamble to the Laws of Cricket about) the Spirit of Cricket is called into question by Mike Atherton writing in the Times.

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29 September 2009
The ICC have declared that Andrew Strauss and the umpires were correct to refuse South African skipper, Graeme Smith, a runner in the Champions Trophy match with England, reports Cricinfo.

7 September 2009
"Umpires should be helped to get better" says Simon Taufel in an interview with Jason Dasey in Cricinfo magazine.

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30 August 2009
"Cricket's reliance on off-field help in the decision-making process is part of the problem: the game needs better umpires, not more technology" argues Ian Chappell writing in Cricinfo magazine.

2 August 2009
Writing in the Observer, Mike Brearley explains his conversion to the use of referrals to help on-field umpires get as many decisions right as possible.

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22 July 2009
Test match umpire Rudi Koertzen believes the umpire decision referral system would have have proven helpful in adjudicating on Ricky Ponting's first-innings dismissal in the the second Test match between England and Australia. He bemoans the attitude of batsmen who refuse to take the word of fielders, and believes all claimed catches should now be referred to the video umpire to avoid future controversies. Read more in this item by Alex Brown on Cricinfo.

20 July 2009
"Australia could legitimately complain about the apparent inconsistency of the umpires when it came to their referrals to the third umpire" writes Christopher Martin-Jenkins in The Times.

19 July 2009
There is comment on umpiring controversy at Lord's, in which Rudi Koertzen and Billy Doctrove are described to "have lurched from one crisis to another" according to Alex Brown writing on Cricinfo.

6 July 2009
Further coverage of the death of umpire Alcwyn Jenkins includes articles in the Times and the Daily Mail. There is also comment by Charlie Randall.

5 July 2009
An umpire has died after being struck on the head by the ball in the game between Swansea and Llangennech yesterday, reports the Wales online website. The ECB ACO has also issued a statement on the incident.

3 July 2009
The England and Wales Cricket Board Association of Cricket Officials has announced that Steve Bennett, the FA Premier League and former FIFA referee, has accepted a role as an independent director and will sit on the new ACO board. Steve has been a Premier League referee since 1999 and will help develop the role of cricket officials, reports an ECB media release.

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25 June 2009
The International Cricket Council has approved the use of video referrals to challenge umpire's decisions and the system will come into permanent effect in October, reports the BBC website. The story is also covered on Cricinfo.

12 June 2009
England bowler Stuart Broad has been warned by the ICC about his attempts to distract batsmen at the World Twenty20. South Africa thrashed England on Thursday but skipper Graeme Smith complained about Broad looking away and pointing halfway through his run-up. Match referee Alan Hurst and umpires Steve Davis and Alan Hill have decided it was "not an appropriate action". Read the full story on the BBC website.

11 June 2009
Was the astounding piece of fielding by Angelo Mathews yesterday for Sri Lanka brilliance or stretching the boundaries? asks Patrick Kidd in The Times. You can also view footage on YouTube.

4 June 2009
In a new posting on the ECB ACO website, Mark Baldwin talks to both Rob Bailey and Chris Kelly about the rising standards of talented young umpires in English first-class cricket.

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23 May 2009
A revolutionary new cricket bat, called the "Mongoose", is set to take 20:20 cricket by storm, according to Simon Briggs writing in the Daily Telegraph.

17 May 2009
"There have been attempts through the years to produce a simplified explanation of cricket's laws, but nothing presented with such colour and with such explanation of even the most bizarre situation as 'Ask the Umpire' writes Jonathan Agnew in his review of the book in the Observer.

12 May 2009
This summer's Ashes series will be one of the last in which the umpire's decision is final, after the ICC confirmed that its controversial Umpire Decision Review System is set to be introduced permanently into the game on the basis of a "phased roll-out" from October 2009, reports the Cricinfo website. More details can be found in the ICC media release. Meanwhile, Australian cricket umpire Daryl Harper says increasingly ferocious hits in the fast-paced Twenty20 format of the game is forcing officials to consider using baseball helmets for protection, reports the ABC website.

11 May 2009
Paul Bedford, the ECB's Head of Operations (non first class cricket) has issued a message to all ECB ACO Members and ECB Leagues including a request that umpires should supervise the toss in ECB matches (including Minor Counties, Premier League, National Knockout Cup, Cockspur Club T20 and County Age Group matches) and use this opportunity to remind Captains of their responsibility under the Code of Conduct incorporating the Spirit of Cricket in the match. For more details, see the ECB ACO website.

9 May 2009
A review of Paul Trevillion's and John Holder's new book 'You are the umpire' appears on the Cricinfo website.

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16 April 2009
The ECB has announced the results of a review of the disciplinary and appeals process in recreational cricket which has resulted in a change in the standard of proof in all cricket disciplinary hearings, so that it mirrored civil rather than criminal law – i.e. on the balance of probabilities rather than beyond reasonable doubt, thereby allowing cases to be heard and decisions made more swiftly. This and other issues, including the possible use of yellow cards and the publication of fair play leagues in Premier League cricket, is outlined in a news piece on the ECB website.

3 April 2009
Officials planning to operate in an ECB accredited Premier League in 2009 must be members of ECB ACO. For more details see the ECB website.

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30 March 2009
Former Test cricket umpire Steve Bucknor has revealed he was the victim of racist abuse earlier in his career, reports the BBC website.

24 March 2009
The International Institute of Cricket Umpiring and Scoring (IICUS) website includes a personal account of the days leading up to the recent terrorist incident in Lahore from Simon Taufel.

23 March 2009
More coverage of the imminent retirement of Steve Bucknor can be found on the BBC website. The record-holding umpire has bowed out of Test cricket with an appeal of his own: leave the decision-making in the hands of the on-field officials, reports the Cricinfo website. Umpires Tony Hill and Ian Gould have been added to the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires to bring the number on the elite panel will be back up to 12, with the imminent retirement of Steve Bucknor and last year's retirement of Darrell Hair. For more details see this ICC media release. Ian Gould's elevation has been welcomed by the ECB and in particular by Chris Kelly, the ECB umpires' manager.

18 March 2009
Steve Bucknor, the world's most experienced Test umpire, hangs up his boots after the forthcoming Newlands Test. In an article in Cricinfo magazine Brydon Coverdale interviews Bucknor.

10 March 2009
Monty Panesar has been fined 25% of his match fee for excessive appealing during the fifth Test against West Indies in Trinidad. The punishment was imposed by match referee Alan Hurst, who said that "On more than one occasion during the day, he began celebrating a prospective dismissal rather than appealing and waiting for the decision to be made, thereby not showing due respect for the role of the umpire. He is an experienced player who should know this action is not in the spirit of the game", reports the BBC website. Writing in the Sunday Times, Matthew Pryor argues that the troubled trial of the referral system appeared to reach a new low in the fifth Test.

9 March 2009
"ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat's comments that umpires Simon Taufel and Steve Davis needed to be "more rational" in their assessment of the security at the time of the terrorist attack in Lahore has drawn a stinging attack from Darrell Hair, speaking in his capacity as head of the New South Wales Umpires and Scorers Association" reports the Cricinfo website.

5 March 2009
The Australian umpires Simon Taufel and Steve Davis are reported to be angry at the lack of security arrangements that led to them being shot at repeatedly during the terrorist attack in Pakistan, according to Cricinfo website.

4 March 2009
A Pakistani umpire wounded in Tuesday's attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan has been operated on and is in a stable condition, reports the ICC website.

3 March 2009
Ahsan Raza, the fourth umpire for the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Lahore, is in a critical condition after reportedly being shot in the back during the attack on the Sri Lankan team on Tuesday, reports the Cricinfo website. The Times reports that Chris Broad, the match referee, was praised for his bravery after diving on top of Ahsan Raza, a local umpire, to save his life during this morning's gun attack.

2 March 2009
South Africa captain, Graeme Smith, says he has little faith in the umpire referral system, reports the BBC website.

1 March 2009
Commenting on the rash of referrals during the third day's play in the fourth test match between England and West Indies Jonathan Agnew states that the "ensuing decision-making process leaves the credibility of the review process in tatters". However, the system is defended by ex-England coach Duncan Fletcher.

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22 February 2009
Steve Bucknor, the only umpire to have stood in 100 Tests, is to retire from umpiring at the international level in March.

13 February 2009
With much discussion about the referral system being used in the current Test series between England and the West Indies compared with the one used in last year's Stanford Series, Nagraj Gollapudi has asked a panel of experts which referral system is the better? See this item on the Cricinfo website.

10 February 2009
Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, has indicated his opposition to the current umpire review system being trialled by the ICC. Instead, Clarke is in favour of the on-field umpires directly consulting the third umpire in case of doubtful calls, along the lines of the system used during the Stanford Super Series in Antigua last year, according to the Cricinfo website.

9 February 2009
England fast bowler Steve Harmison fears the umpire review system will make a "mockery" of the on-field umpires, reports the Cricinfo website.

8 February 2009
Reflecting on the use of the umpire referral system in the England v WI Test Match Martin Johnson, writing in the Sunday Times, argues it is time to "let the umpire strike back".

6 February 2009
There is much discussion about the use of the umpire referral system in the England v WI Test Match including criticism of the system from Mike Selvey writing in the Guardian. Another critic, Mike Atherton argues "decision-making should really be left to the umpires". In another tribute to the late Bill Frindall, the Surrey scorer Keith Booth writes about his Surrey roots.

3 February 2009
Darrell Hair, the former international umpire at the centre of the furore surrounding the 2006 Oval Test, has called on all the ICC board members involved in the original decision to change the result of the match to resign, according to the Cricinfo website.

1 February 2009
England have been awarded "victory" in the 2006 Oval Test match against Pakistan after the International Cricket Council changed the official result from "match abandoned" to an England win, reports the Guardian website. There is further coverage on the Cricinfo website. The move has been welcomed by MCC's World Cricket Committee who recommended such action back in October. There are further tributes to Bill Frindall including one from Simon Wilde writing in the Sunday Times.

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31 January 2009
More Bill Findall obituaries today with Christopher Martin Jenkins writing in the Times that Bill was the "most illustrious, indefatigable and industrious (scorers) of them all". Writing in the Independent, Stephen Brenkley says that Frindall "turned the mundane world of cricket scoring into an art form". ICC President, David Morgan, also pays tribute in an ICC media release.

30 January 2009
BBC Test Match Special scorer Bill Frindall has died at the age of 69, reports the BBC and Cricinfo websites. The first obituaries have appeared including one from Vic Marks in the Guardian and one on the ECB ACO website.

The Pakistan Cricket Board is expected to firmly resist reversing the result of the controversial 2006 Oval Test between England and Pakistan at the ICC board meeting in Perth on January 31 and February 1. The match was initially forfeited by Pakistan, after they refused to take the field following accusations of ball tampering, but the ICC changed the result to a draw at its board meeting in July last year, reports the Cricinfo website.

29 January 2009
The International Cricket Council has changed the regulations regarding referrals of umpire decisions for the forthcoming West Indies-England series. In the last year, the ICC has been conducting a trial allowing players to refer decisions made by on-field umpires to the TV official. However, in the West Indies, both sides will be allowed only two (rather than three) unsuccessful challenges per innings, reports the BBC website. The same story appears on the Cricinfo website.

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23 December 2008
Following the completion of the 2nd Test versus the West Indies, New Zealand captain, Daniel Vettori, calls for all available technology to be used in the umpiring referral process. Read the full story on the Cricinfo website.

16 December 2008
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has identified slow over-rates and verbal abuse as two key areas that must be kept in check "for cricket to maintain its feel-good factor over the coming months." He has written to all ICC match referees and umpires asking them to be "assertive and proactive" in dealing with the issues. Read more in the ICC media release.

11 December 2008
The ICC has decided to continue with the trial of the umpire's referral system in the upcoming series between New Zealand and West Indies. See coverage on the ICC website.

7 December 2008
Billy Bowden will replace Asad Rauf as umpire in the First Test between England and India confirms an ICC media release.

6 December 2008
Pakistani cricket umpire Asad Rauf will not be standing in the First Test between England and India because of a delay in obtaining a visa. "Rauf had visas for Ahmedabad and Mumbai, the original venues, but could not get replacement documents from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad because it was closed for the Eid festival", writes Patrick Kidd in The Times.

5 December 2008
As coverage of the possible security threat to England's Test series in India continues, the Pakistani cricket umpire Asad Rauf has said that he has no security reservations about officiating at Test matches in India later this month. Read the full story on the ICC website.

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13 November 2008
Further coverage of Martin Bodenham's appointment to the full list of First Class umpires for the 2009 season can be found on the ECB website.

12 November 2008
Yellow cards could be introduced to English first-class cricket for abusing umpires or excessive sledging if trials at minor county level prove a success. The subject will be discussed by ECB chairman Giles Clarke and the MCC at a meeting at Lord's on Wednesday night, reports Cricinfo. There is further coverage of this issue from Ivo Tennant writing in the Times.

10 November 2008
The ECB today announced the full list of umpires for the 2009 season. It includes former FIFA referee Martin Bodenham, who will make history when he stands next season as the only man to have refereed top flight football and umpired first-class cricket matches. For more information, please see the ECB media release. There is coverage of the same story on the BBC website.

6 November 2008
Standing in the current India/Australia Test Match, Billy Bowden becomes just the 10th umpire in the history of the game to stand in 50 Tests or more. "I would like to congratulate Billy on his achievement," said ICC Umpires' and Referees' Manager Vince van der Bijl in an ICC media release.

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29 October 2008
ICC President, David Morgan, has said that reversing the result of the controversial Oval Test was inappropriate and indicated that the ICC might reconsider the decision reports the Cricinfo website.

27 October 2008
The MCC World Cricket Committee have issued nine statements including one urging the ICC to overturn its awarding of a draw for the disputed England-Pakistan Test at The Oval in 2006 and another on the use of technology to aid umpire decisions in cricket. A copy of the statements can be found on the MCC website.

26 October 2008
The MCC has recommended that the ICC overturn its awarding of a draw for the disputed England-Pakistan Test at The Oval in 2006. More details can be found on the Cricinfo website.

23 October 2008
England's winner-takes-all Stanford match on Nov 1 will be subject to unprecedented levels of television technology with umpires able to call on replays to determine every decision, reports Nick Hoult writing in the Daily Telegraph. Further coverage can be found on the Cricinfo website.

21 October 2008
A tribute to the former international umpire Nigel Plews, has been posted on the MCC website.

20 October 2008
Nigel Plews, the former international umpire, has died following a battle against kidney cancer. See the Cricinfo website. See also a statement released by the ICC from its President, David Morgan. There is a tribute to Nigel Plews from ESACUS member Barrie Stuart-King reported on the BBC website.

16 October 2008
Commenting on the ICC trial of referring umpires' decisions, Dave Richardson (the ICC's manager for cricket operations), said there were concerns the on-field umpires were not totally in charge of referrals and left most to the third umpire. "The only disappointment [during the Sri Lanka series] was that the third umpire ruled the roost. We want the on-field umpires to be in total charge all the time." For the full story see the Cricinfo website.

14 October 2008
The ICC have decided to extend their trial of the umpire review system, beginning with New Zealand's two-Test battle against West Indies in December. More details can be found on the Cricinfo website. The issue is also covered on the BBC website. Further comment is given on the Times website.

8 October 2008
"The Association of Elite Sports Officials (AESO) was launched at Twickenham yesterday as an umbrella organisation that will represent full-time officials in cricket, football, rugby league and rugby union and raise standards within the sports by allowing referees and umpires to exchange ideas and techniques" writes Patrick Kidd in the Times.

7 October 2008
So-called 'Rebel' umpire Allan Jones says joining the ICL is a 'no-brainer' reports Charles Randall writing in the Daily Telegraph.

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20 September 2008
The ICC trialled an umpire decision review system during the Test match series between Sri Lanka and India in July and August this year. The ICC have reviewed the outcomes and declared it a "successful experiment". For more details see the ICC website.

6 September 2008
The behaviour of present-day players is not much worse than their predecessors, according to Vince van der Bijl, the ICC umpires' and referees' manager.

5 September 2008
The former Test umpire and Australian cricket administrator, Col Egar, has died in Adelaide at the age of 80.

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28 August 2008
In the aftermath of Marcus Trescothick's confession about the use of minted-saliva to help shine the ball, one commnentator says that "ball-tampering is almost as old as cricket - maybe it's time it was legalised". Read the full article by Lambit Bal on Cricinfo.

27 August 2008
"The standards of player conduct have slipped in the county game, and umpires and captains are content to turn a blind eye" argues Christopher Martin Jenkins writing in Cricinfo Magazine. Umpires on the ECB First Class Panel are to be awarded 12 month contracts from 1st January 2009 to deter them from standing in unauthorised tournaments, such as the Indian Cricket League, reports the Times.

25/26 August 2008
Marcus Trescothick's revelation that he used mint-induced saliva to keep the shine on the ball during the 2001 Ashes series has raised the question about whether or not this is a violation of Law 42. The issue is discussed by Nagraj Gollapudi writing on Cricinfo. Troy Cooley, the England bowling coach at the time, denies any knowledge of the use of the tactic according to a report on the Fox News website.

13 August 2008
At the conclusion of the Sri Lanka/India Test Series, the results of the umpiring review system is reviewed by Sambit Bal on Cricinfo.

10 August 2008
Umpire Benson calls for the use of the "HotSpot" in the umpiring review system, according to Cricinfo

4 August 2008
The umpiring review system needed to be tried, but there are plenty of questions still unanswered and kinks to be worked out, argues Sambit Bal in an opinion piece in Cricinfo magazine.

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27 July 2008
Following the completion of the recent Sri Lanka/India Test Match, the Sri Lankan captain, Mahela Jayawardene, says the new experimental rule allowing players to challenge umpiring decisions is stopping mistakes being made. However, the Indian captain, Anil Kumble, thinks it is too early to comment, reports the BBC website.

24 July 2008
Sri Lankan batsman, Tillakaratne Dilshan, became the first player to take advantage of cricket's new trial laws and successfully challenge an on-field umpire's decision in the Test match versus India. More details can be found in The Times online. There is further comment on the decision by Indian skipper, Anil Kumble, to challenge a not out call for an LBW appeal from Dileep Premachandran writing on Cricinfo.

23 July 2008
Dave Richardson, the ICC's general manager says he is confident that the trial system for players to challenge umpires' decisions would work well on a long-term basis and it would eradicate obvious mistakes, reports Jamie Alter on Cricinfo.

22 July 2008
"Cricket is about to take a leap of faith in technology with the trial of a system that allows players to challenge the decision of the on-field umpires in the Test series between Sri Lanka and India. The umpire's word will no longer be final", writes Jamie Alter on Cricinfo. The Indian captain, Anil Kumble welcomes the trial. Other reactions are also covered on Cricinfo.

20 July 2008
Technology cannot be relied upon to get it right when players claim low catches and it may be better to let players police themselves, writes David Gower, in further comment on the disputed catches in the 2nd Test Match between England and South Africa.

19 July 2008
The spirit of Cricket initiative has been much championed in the corridors of power, but on the field a mild form of anarchism seems to be taking hold argues Simon Hughes writing in the Telegraph about the controversial incidents in the 2nd Test Match between England and South Africa.

13 July 2008
In deciding to change the result of last year's England/Pakistan Test Match, at the Oval, the ICC is in clear contradiction of Law 21.7 and Law 21.10, argues Will Buckley, writing in the Observer.

9 July 2008
The danger of beamers has been highlighted in a tragic case where an amateur cricketer has been left paralysed after he was hit on the head by a ball during a match in Dorset. The full story is reported on the BBC website.

5 July 2008
Michael Holding, the former West Indian fast bowler, has resigned from the ICC Cricket Committee because he is unhappy with the ICC's decision to change the result of the 2006 Oval Test between England and Pakistan, according to a report on the Cricinfo website.

4 July 2008
The decision to change the result of the 2006 Oval Test between Pakistan and England destroys the meaning of sport, argues Simon Barnes writing in the Times.

3 July 2008
The ICC has decided to change the result of the controversial 2006 Oval Test between England and Pakistan to a draw, reports the BBC website.

2 July 2008
An agreement in principle is believed to have been reached to change the result of the controversial Oval Test between England and Pakistan in 2006 from an English victory to a draw, following pressure from the Pakistan Cricket Board during the annual ICC meeting in Dubai, reports the Cricinfo website. Reflecting on the recent controversy surrounding the dismissal of New Zealand player Grant Elliott in a ODI versus England, Gideon Haigh asks "who today wants to be a "brave" umpire?" in an article in Cricinfo magazine.

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30 June 2008
Ricky Ponting has been found guilty of breaching the ICC's Code of Conduct during his side's ODI against the West Indies in Grenada last Friday. The player was charged under clause 1.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct which refers to "showing dissent at an umpire's decision". More details can be found in the ICC media release.

27 June 2008
A review of comments on the controversial run out of New Zealand batsman Grant Elliott following a collision with Ryan Sidebottom can be found on the Cricinfo website.

25 June 2008
England captain Paul Collingwood has apologised to New Zealand after the controversial run-out in the ODI at the Oval. Grant Elliott was given run-out after he was knocked to the ground colliding with England player Ryan Sidebottom. "The umpires said 'are you upholding the appeal?'. In hindsight maybe I made the wrong decision," Collingwood said, reports the BBC website. Further comment is made by the BBC cricket correspondent, Jonathan Agnew, in a BBC interview.

19 June 2008
Further comment on the MCC's recent ruling on 'switch-hitting' from Ian Chappell who thinks it unfair to ask bowlers to say beforehand how they are going to operate and then not subject batsmen to the same rule.

18 June 2008
MCC's announcement on the 'switch-hitting' reverse sweep shot has prompted much discussion with the BBC cricket correspondent, Jonathan Agnew, writing that the MCC has acted too swiftly in giving it the all-clear.

17 June 2008
Following much news coverage of Kevin Pietersen's use of the 'switch-hitting' reverse sweep shot, the MCC have given it the all-clear in regard of the laws. See the news statement on the MCC website. There will be a trial of umpire referrals in the forthcoming India/Sri Lanka Test Series. It will allow the fielding and batting side three unsuccessful appeals to the umpire per innings to change a decision if it is perceived to have been incorrect. The trial could enhance the international game says the ICC's David Richardson in an ICC media release.

16 June 2008
The MCC will discuss the legality of the shots played by Kevin Pietersen during the first ODI against New Zealand at Chester-le-Street when they meet at Lord's on Tuesday according to the Cricinfo website. Meanwhile "the proposed umpire review system will be trialled during India's three-Test series against Sri Lanka, beginning next month, the Indian cricket board has said. Originally set to feature for the first time during South Africa's upcoming series against England, it was shelved after both boards failed to reach an agreement on the details" For more details see the Cricinfo website.

7 June 2008
"Plans to allow players to refer decisions to the television umpire during the forthcoming Test series between England and South Africa have been abandoned because the players are uncomfortable with the idea of challenging the on-field officials' authority" writes Lawrence Booth in the Guardian. It is also reported that the ECB is so worried about outbursts of indiscipline in the recreational game that this summer a system of yellow cards is being secretly trialled at three private schools, according to David Hopps writing in the Guardian.

6 June 2008
The ECB ACO have announced the appointment of Nick Cousins as its ACO Education Manager to be responsible for shaping and planning the delivery of the Officials Education Programmes.

4 June 2008
Many are asking whether or not the new trousers that the New Zealand team will be wearing in the Third Test Match comply with the Laws of Cricket. The "micro-shine" trousers have a special patch that makes it easier to polish the ball but the MCC are happy they do not break laws on artificial aides. Read more on the BBC website.

24 May 2008
"Hair returns from exile to find a game uneasy with authority figures" reports Chris McGrath writing in the Independent.

23 May 2008
"Maybe it's time to ban appealing so umpires can do their jobs better" writes Gideon Haigh in a thoughtful piece in Cricinfo magazine. Meanwhile, Vince van der Bijl has been appointed ICC Umpires' and Referees' Manager as part of moves to strengthen the department and improve the overall standard of officiating at the elite level, reports an ICC media release.

22 May 2008
Darrel Hair is ready for Test return reports the BBC website. Andrew McGlashan also covers Hair's return on Cricinfo.

21 May 2008
"Hair steps back into Test arena with new outlook", writes David Hopps in the Guardian. "Re-inventing yourself is probably not that difficult if you have the chameleon tendencies of Madonna, but when you are a hulking six feet five inch umpire with a stubborn streak called Darrell Hair, any proposed changes are likely to be met with a healthy dollop of scepticism" says Derek Pringle in the Daily Telegraph.

16 May 2008
"The MCC's proposal to limit the power of cricket bats has merit; the ICC's decision to trial the umpiring referral system doesn't" says Gideon Haigh writing in Cricinfo Magazine.

11 May 2008
The ICC are "barking up the wrong tree with its decision to experiment with umpiring referrals" writes Ian Chappell in Cricinfo Magazine.

8 May 2008
Further coverage of the vote by MCC members to change Law 6 - The Bat on the BBC website. The news prompted a leader item in the Guardian in "praise of the bat".

7 May 2008
A resounding 99% of MCC members have voted to re-write Law 6. The new law now stipulates that 90% of the volume of bat handles should be made of cane, wood and/or twine. The other 10% can be used "for the purpose of reducing vibration, for example rubber", reports the MCC website. The change will come into effect on 1 October 2008. It will not apply retrospectively in amateur cricket so anyone using a bat after October that will be illegal under the new Law will be able to use the bat for its natural lifespan.

6 May 2008
The MCC are said to be considering a change in Law 6 "restore the balance between bat and ball" according to the Cricinfo website.

The ICC cricket committee has recommended that trials of umpire review systems be approved by the full ICC board when it meets in July. Other suggested changes to the playing conditions include on-field umpires should be permitted to consult the third umpire as to whether a catch has been taken cleanly before making the final decision. The full story can be found on the Cricinfo website.

2 May 2008
The ICC are due to debate what part ball-tracking software, such as "Hawk-Eye", can play in the future of umpiring decisions according to Andrew McGlashan writing in the Cricinfo magazine. Further comment on the same issue is made by Derek Pringle in the Daily Telegraph. The article includes comment by Peter Willey who is uncertain that this is a good idea. Meanwhile, in the Indian Premier League an umpire has been suspended for acceding to a request from Sourav Ganguly to refer a questionable boundary catch to the 3rd umpire. The full story can be found on the Cricinfo website.

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29 April 2008
Umpire Darrell Hair will return to top-flight cricket in May when he stands in the second Test between England and New Zealand reports the BBC website today. There is further comment by David Hobbs on the Guardian website and by Christopher Martin-Jenkins in the Times. Coverage of the Harbhajan Singh slapping incident extends to comments made by one of the umpires who is reported to have been "rapped" by the Board of Control for Cricket India, according to the Cricinfo website.

10 April 2008
The ECB website reports that "English umpires are toasting Marston's after they had a new beer named in their honour - the 'Old Umpire' ale is being introduced this season to recognise the efforts of the 33 umpires on the first-class list".

7/8 April 2008
The return of Darrell Hair to the ICC elite umpires panel is welcomed by (First Class) Umpires Association chairman Peter Willey reports the BBC website. The story is also covered on the Cricinfo website. Peter Willey is reported as saying that officials have been let down by the ICC in another item on the Cricinfo website. Former FIFA referee Martin Bodenham has set his sights on completing a unique double by becoming a first-class cricket umpire.

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30 March 2008
"The ICC doesn't need to define on-field abuse, as it has recently attempted to do. It needs to ask umpires to report players who indulge in it" according to Ian Chappell writing in Cricinfo magazine.

23 March 2008
The ICC calls for improved player behaviour and in a note, issued to the captains of international teams, Elite Panel umpires and Referees and Chief Executives of Full Members, have asked umpires to apply "a degree of individual interpretation and judgement" to determine whether a player's behaviour had fallen below acceptable standards. The full story can be read on the Cricinfo website.

20 March 2008
"Concerns that the integrity of international cricket is being undermined by sledging, cheating and a growing lack of respect for umpires and opponents has prompted the billion-dollar Indian Premier League to take a stand to reinforce the spirit and laws of the game. The eight captains and players taking part in the six-week tournament will, on the day of the opening match on April 18 in Bangalore, sign a pledge to embrace the Spirit of Cricket" reports Mark Souster in the Times.

Speculation that Darrell Hair may be appointed to stand in the forthcoming England/New Zealand Test series in England in May, according to the BBC website. Meanwhile Darrell Hair is reported as vowing to work on better communication as he returns to standing in Test matches says the Cricinfo website. In addition, the ICC is considering using England's Test series at home to South Africa in July to test a referral system on umpiring decisions, according to Sarah Gwynn writing in the Independent.

19 March 2008
Following news that Darrell Hair has been restored to the ICC elite umpires panel the BBC suggests it is unlikely the ICC will appoint him to stand in matches involving Pakistan. The same story is covered by the Times, the Daily Telegraph, and on the Cricinfo website.

18 March 2008
Darrell Hair has been restored to the ICC elite umpires panel reports the BBC website. There is coverage of the same story on the Cricinfo website. The latest developments are described as a "satisfactory compromise" by Ivo Tennant on Cricinfo.

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22 February 2008
The ICC have announced their intention to eliminate sledging in cricket. Further comment on sledging from Lancashire skipper Stuart Law including a suggestion to introduce a yellow and red card system to discipline players.

14 February 2008
A sculpture of ex-Test Match Umpire Dickie Bird is planned for his home town of Barnsley.

12 February 2008
Top international umpire, Simon Taufel, may "walk away" from cricket when his contract with the ICC expires on 31 March 2008 reports the Cricinfo website.

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22 January 2008
Former MCC secretary and chief executive Roger Knight OBE will chair the newly-created ECB's Association of Cricket Officials with immediate effect.

15 January 2008
BBC website reports that Steve Bucknor disappointed at being dropped for remainder of Australia/India Test Series. Support grows for Steve Bucknor reports the BBC website following recent controversial Test Match between Australia and India. Mike Selvey, writing in the Guardian thinks cricket faces dark days if Steve Bucknor is bullied out by player power. Further coverage and comment on the issue can be found on Cricinfo website. Australian captain, Ricky Ponting has called for more elite umpires to be added to the ICC panel.

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8 November 2007
There are few First Class umpires who have not played First Class cricket. That number will be expanded next season following the appointment of Steve Garratt to the full list of first-class officials. See also ECB media release on 2008 First Class umpire appointments.

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