Richie Richardson
“I’m honoured to have been selected for one of the most important jobs.” – Richie Richardson © Getty Images

Former West Indies captain Richie Richardson has been drafted into the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Richardson will replace Sri Lanka’s Roshan Mahanama, who held the position for 12 years. Richardson recently concluded his duty as the West Indies cricket manager after West Indies’ tour Down Under in January 2016. Richardson donned West Indies’ jersey in 84 Test matches, scoring 5949 runs at a staggering average of 44.39. He also led his team in 24 Testes and 87 ODIs and was part of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1987, 1992 and 1996.

“I am excited and honoured to have been selected for one of the most important jobs in cricket. Having been on either side of the fence, first as a player and then as an administrator, I think I have the experience and insight to help me contribute positively alongside some of the finest and most experienced match officials. Obviously, I look forward to working and learning from my colleagues as we all continue to strive for excellence,” Richardson told ICC. Also read: India, Virat Kohli retain No. 1 spot in T20I rankings post T20 World Cup 2016

ICC General Manager, Geoff Allardice, added, “Richie is one of the greats of the game, who is admired for not only his accomplishments as a batsman but also the way he captained the West Indies when he embodied traits such as integrity, leadership and sportsmanship in his dealings both on and off the field.”