Dubai, Sept 15, 2017: The International Cricket Council (ICC) conducted its annual three-day Elite Panel Conference at its headquarters in Dubai from 13 to 15 September with the implementation of the new playing conditions top of the agenda.
The Emirates Elite Panel of Match Referees, Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, members of the Emerging Panel of ICC Umpires and the umpire coaches attended the conference, which gave the officials an opportunity to discuss the conduct of the game and share their experiences.
This year’s conference assumed special significance because of the new playing conditions that include changes in the DRS usage, bat sizes and code of conduct among the changes which will be implemented in series starting on 28 September or later.
The Test series between Bangladesh and South Africa, and the one between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, will be the first ones to be played with the changes.
ICC Senior Manager, Umpires and Referees, Adrian Griffith: “We always use this occasion to nurture team building. This is a time when all of us get to put our heads together to ensure that the game is run in the best possible manner on the field.
“This is that one time in the year that we get everyone together. It is time to refresh, review, rejuvenate and share each other’s experiences over the last year and then go over any new regulations.”
Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referee, Ranjan Madugalle: “This year is more significant because there are changes in the laws and also in the playing conditions. Since we have to start rolling them out from 28th September, it was important that all of us meet and go through them as a refresher, so that we interpret them uniformly and on a consistent basis.”
“Emirates Elite Panel ICC Umpire, Rod Tucker: “Every year the laws and playing conditions change slightly, so it is great that we can all get together and actually discuss them together and come away with a consistent point of view and interpretation. So it is crucial that we get together every September.”
Apart from the changes in laws and regulations, the match officials also discussed related aspects like players’ conduct, over-rates and other pertinent matters in group discussions. —- ICC
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