|Player:||J Srinath, RE Koertzen, MR Benson, AM Saheba|
|Event:||West Indies in New Zealand 2008/09|
DateLine: 9th December 2008
The International Cricket Council has announced the referees and umpires who will officiate in the upcoming Test and ODI series between New Zealand and the West Indies.
Javagal Srinath from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees will lead the playing control team for the entire series.
The first Test, which takes place in Dunedin from 11 to 15 December will be umpired by Rudi Koertzen from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and Amiesh Saheba from the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires. The television umpire for that match will be Mark Benson from the Emirates Elite Panel.
The second Test will take place in Napier from 19 to 23 December and will feature on-field umpires Saheba and Benson with Koertzen being the television umpire.
This Test series will form part of ongoing trials of the umpire decision review system, which was first tested during the series between Sri Lanka and India in July/August. Three other upcoming Test series will also feature the system, namely South Africa’s hosting of Australia, England’s tour to the West Indies and Pakistan’s home series against India. Results and feedback from the trials in these Test matches will be brought before the ICC Cricket Committee in May for further review.
After the Test matches the New Zealand and West Indies players will exchange their whites for coloured clothing for a series of ODIs. Benson will umpire all five matches along with a local appointment.
Appointments for the other upcoming series will be announced in due course.
Series match referee – Javagal Srinath
11-15 Dec – New Zealand v West Indies (Test), Dunedin – Rudi Koertzen and Amiesh Saheba (Mark Benson, third umpire)
19-23 Dec – New Zealand v West Indies (Test), Napier – Mark Benson and Amiesh Saheba (Rudi Koertzen, third umpire)
31 Dec – New Zealand v West Indies (ODI), Queenstown – Mark Benson and local appointment
3 Jan – New Zealand v West Indies (ODI), Christchurch – Mark Benson and local appointment
7 Jan – New Zealand v West Indies (ODI), Wellington – Mark Benson and local appointment
10 Jan – New Zealand v West Indies (ODI), Auckland – Mark Benson and local appointment
13 Jan – New Zealand v West Indies (ODI), Napier – Mark Benson and local appointment