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Suresh Shastri becomes first umpire to officiate in 100 First-Class matches

Kanataka vs Goa will be umpire Suresh Sashtri's 100th first class match © Getty Images
Kanataka vs Goa will be umpire Suresh Shastri’s 100th first class match © Getty Images

 

Hyderabad: Dec 29, 2013

 

Suresh Shastri will become the first Indian umpire to stand in 100 first-class games when Hyderabad takes on Kerala in the Ranji Trophy Group C match starting on Monday.

 

Coincidentally, it was at Secunderabad, Hyderabad’s twin city, where Shastri made his umpiring debut in 1990-91, in a Ranji Trophy game between Hyderabad and Kerala.

 

e has stood in two Tests, 19 ODIs, and one T20 International, and has also been the TV umpire in several international matches. The 58-year-old was part of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Umpires Panel from 2006 to 2009.

 

In 2008-09, he was one of two Indian umpires who visited South Africa as part of the Umpire Exchange Programme between the BCCI and CSA, and officiated in two first-class matches there.

 

A quality left-arm spinner and right-handed batsman, Shastri represented Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy, and played 53 first-class matches in all, from 1972-73 to 1986-87. He took 155 wickets and scored 968 runs.

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