ICC Elite Umpires Panel

Complete statistics and details about all the current umpires on the ICC Elite Umpires Panel. Test and ODI match stats only apply to the time of the appointment of the individual umpire to the panel. They will not be up-dated.

Steve Bucknor, West Indies

Date of birth:   31st May 1946, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Tests umpired: 64

ODIs umpired: 83

Steve Bucknor is the West Indies most experienced international umpire, having taken charge of his first Test match during the 1988/89 series in the Caribbean against India.

In addition to excelling in cricket, Steve is a former international soccer referee (1985 92) who has officiated in a World Cup match. This makes him the only official to have worked in both the cricket and soccer World Cups. 


Asoka De Silva, Sri Lanka

Date of birth: 28th March 1956

Tests umpired: 10

ODIs umpired: 14

A former international cricketer who played 10 Tests and 28 ODIs for Sri Lanka between 1985/86 and 1990/91, Asoka De Silva has emerged over the past two years as an outstanding umpire. He stood in his first Test as recently as 1999/00 and has since been fast tracked with a series of assignments for the ICC.


Daryl Harper, Australia

Date of birth: 23rd October 1951, Adelaide, Australia

Test umpired: 16

ODIs umpired: 48

Daryl Harper made his debut as a first class umpire in 1987/88 and rose to national selection in the 1993/94 season, during the triangular ODI series involving Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. The latest of his 16 Test matches was the Australia v South Africa match at Sydney in January 2002.


Rudi Koertzen, South Africa

Date of birth: 26th March 1949, Kynsna, South Africa

Tests umpired: 28

ODIs umpired: 78

Rudi Koertzen has been an international umpire since 1992/93, when he stood in the South Africa v India series.


Dave Orchard, South Africa

Date of birth: 24th June, 1948, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Tests Umpired: 26

ODIs umpired: 77

Dave Orchard played first class cricket with Natal for 11 years from the late 1960s to late 70s. He made his international umpiring debut in the Mandela One Day tournament in 1994/95, followed by a first Test appearance in 1995/96.


David Shepherd, England


Date of birth: 27th December 1940, Devon, England

Test umpired: 60

ODIs umpired: 97

David Shepherd is one of international cricket’s most experienced umpires. A former first class cricketer with more than 10,000 runs for English county Gloucestershire, he is now in his 19th season on the international circuit. David was one of the first independent umpires trialled by the ICC in 1992/93 and an original member of the panel that followed in 1994. Highlights of his career including standing in both the 1996 and 1999 World Cup finals.


Russell Tiffin, Zimbabwe

Date of birth: 4th June 1959,Salisbury, Rhodesia

Tests umpired: 24

ODIs umpired: 33

Russell Tiffin became a first class umpire in 1989 and joined the international panel in 1995. Prior to his appointment on the Elite Panel he worked as a business development manager for Castrol in Zimbabwe.


Srinivas Venkataraghavan

Date of birth: 21st April 1945, Madras, India

Tests umpired: 51 

ODIs umpired: 33

Venkat is the most experienced former Test cricketer on the new ICC Elite Panel. As an off spinner for India he played 57 Tests in a 19 year career, taking more than 150 wickets as part of India’s famous ‘spin quartet’ of the 1970s. He captained the national team and in all first class cricket claimed 1,390 wickets, including 530 in the Ranji Trophy, an Indian record.

In the early 1990s he was an ICC Match Referee before becoming an international umpire during India’s home series against England in 1992/93.

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