The first Match Referees Workshop for ACC officials has taken place in Kuala Lumpur. Conducted by ICC Referees and Umpires Manager Vince van der Bijl and ICC Regional Umpires Performance Manager Peter Manuel and assisted by ACC Umpiring Resource Person Bomi Jamula and the ACC Development Officers the three day program took the 37 participants through the preparation, process and post-match running of a game for Match Referees. It was the first of its kind held for an ICC Region.

“It was a very useful exercise for all concerned,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura, “as our teams play at an increasingly higher level, with more intense and meaningful competition, proper standards and disciplines have to be observed on and off the field.” Participants went through the role of Match Referees from well before the start and well after the finish of a game. “The Match Referee is like the Chief Executive of a game,” says ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake, ‘keeps an eye on everything, lets the umpires and ground officials do their job, takes responsibility for all matters outside each person’s authority.”

Following Vince van der Bijl’s outlining of the ‘Golden Rules’, the participants from all the ACC tournament-hosting countries – Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand, UAE – were taken through 25 modules including, how to make assessments of umpires without TV broadcasts, role-playing scenarios with players, ‘parents’, coaches and managers, illegal bowling actions and over-rate calculations.

“There has been one other Workshop in which we ACC Development Officers took part, along with the ICC Match Test and ODI Referees in June 2010 and this one is taking place at a useful time with more countries, more venues and more qualified officials in the pipeline for our games, which can feature up to three ODI countries (Afghanistan, Hong Kong, UAE) as well as others who are looking to emulate them in the years ahead,” says ACC Development Manager Iqbal Sikander who himself presented on the ‘Role and Responsibilities of the Local Match Referee’.

ACC Development Program

Filed May 12th, 2014