Ranjan Madugalle appointed match-referee for T-20I in Pakistan
Former Sri Lanka batsman (and captain) Ranjan Madugalle did not have great success with the bat but is the most respectable ICC match-referee.
The 60-year-old Madugalle has been named as the match-referee for the upcoming series between Pakistan and Bangladesh for the three T-20i beginning in Lahore from Friday.
Having officiated in more than 650 international matches (191 Tests, 362 ODIs and 102 T-20Is), ICC’s most respectable Madugalle’s last assignment was in India against Australia.
All three T20I against Bangladesh will be played at the Gadaffi Stadium on January 24, 25 and 27.
Post Lahore Test attack in Pakistan in 2009, Madugalle is the latest elite panel match referee to be appointed in Pakistan after David Boon (for West Indies T20Is, Sri Lanka ODIs and T20Is), Jeff Crowe (for 1st Sri Lanka Test), Andy Pycroft (for 2nd Sri Lanka Test) and Richie Richardson (for World XI).
Only Chris Broad (England) and India’s Javagal Srinath have not officiated in Pakistan in last ten years.
Incidentally, Broad was a match-referee in the Test series (involving Pakistan and Sri Lanka) which was affected by the terrorists.
There will be a new set of match-officials for the ODIs’ and the Test matches in Rawalpindi and Karachi.
India’s Srinath is unlikely to figure in any of these matches as he may face issues in getting Pakistani visas.