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    January 09, 2009

    Exclusive: ICC to appoint Ricky Ponting to umpires panel

    In a dramatic revelation exclusive to Cricket 24x7, an ICC source who preferred not to be named has announced that the ICC is considering appointing Ricky Ponting, Australia's captain, as an umpire in their panel. An agreement has been struck with Cricket Australia which will allow Ricky Ponting to be the first player to umpire even though he has not retired from the game. Although Ponting has never publicly expressed interest in the role, his comments last January about umpires being stressed out and the need to expand the panel do offer a hint.

    There are apparently multiple reasons for this move by the ICC:It is expected that Ponting would first be drafted in to the International Panel and then promoted to the Elite Panel. It is not yet confirmed if Ponting will be allowed to umpire in games that he captains in, but it is likely to be the case if the ICC is really serious about cutting costs.

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    Hi

    U've written that England hasn't beaten a decent opposition in the past 3 yrs ie aftr beating Pak in 2006.I remember England defeating New Zealand early 2008 in the Natwest series.Howzaat?

    By Anonymous Sanath (09-Jan-2009, 2:38:00 PM)  

    Surely you jest, Sanath, especially if you're referring to test cricket because that's what I was referring to. New Zealand were #7 on the rankings almost all of last year.

    As for the ODIs, England actually lost the home and away ODIs to New Zealand. They beat South Africa, which was creditable.

    By Blogger Jagadish (09-Jan-2009, 4:39:00 PM)  


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