India’s Sundaram Ravi inducted in ICC Elite Panel of Umpires
India’s Sundaram Ravi was inducted into the Elite Panel of International Cricket Council (ICC) Umpires for year 2015-2016.
Decision in this regard was taken by the ICC Umpires Selection Panel consisting of Chairman Geoff Allardice and others members after annual review and selection process.
Apart from Ravi, New Zealand’s Chris Gaffaney was also inducted in this elite panel. Both of them were promoted from the International Panel to the Elite Panel.
With this appointment, Sundaram Ravi became second Indian umpire after S Venkataraghavan to be inducted into the ICC’s elite panel. S Venkataraghavan was inducted in this panel in 2004.
Now, the elite Panel of Umpires for 2015-2016 include Kumar Dharmasena, Aleem Dar, Ian Gould, Marais Erasmus, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Chris Gaffaney, Sundaram Ravi, Rod Tucker, Paul Reiffel and Bruce Oxenford.
Sundaram Ravi had made his international umpiring debut in Visakhapatnam in December 2011 in an ODI between India and West Indies. Since then he has umpired in 6 Tests matches, 24 ODIs and 12 T20Is. He also had umpired in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 held earlier in March 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.