Indian umpire S Ravi was included into the ICC Elite Panel of umpires. This is a major breakthrough for Indian umpires as Ravi becomes the first Indian umpire since S. Venkataraghavan to be appointed in the ICC Elite Panel. Ravi recently umpired in the two Tests played at the Lord’s and Headingley between England and New Zealand.
Ravi has umpired in six Test matches; twenty four One Day Internationals; twelve T20 Internationals and twenty seven IPL games.
The BCCI announced the news on Twitter and congratulated Ravi for being included in the ICC Elite Panel. By the virtue of being a part of the Elite Panel, Ravi can now officiate in all ODI’s and tests across the globe. This also means that Ravi will be given the authority to umpire in ICC events such as the World Cup, T20 World Cup and Champions Trophy.
The Elite Panel is that panel which consists of the best umpires across their globe and their premier objective behind the panel’s creation is to maximize accuracy in umpiring.
Ravi was ecstatic on receiving the news and said, “I have always enjoyed the company of those umpires already on the Elite Panel and now I have the chance to work with them all on a more regular basis.” “I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead and aim to maintain a high standard of umpiring.”
BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur was the first one to break the news and he said that in the following tweet.
. @bcci is working to make Indian umpires world class.Weve got gr8 talent & results hv startd to come.Ravi will be followed by many others.
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) June 4, 2015