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Umpires, Referees Get Ready for Regional Cricket

ST JOHN’S, ANTIGUA – International Cricket Council (ICC) Umpire Coach, David Levans, will be the main presenter at a two-day workshop for the West Indies’ senior panel umpires and match referees.

The workshop, scheduled for tomorrow and Monday, is to prepare them for the upcoming Regional 4-Day (Digicel Regional 4-Day) and Super50 tournaments.

Levans will have the support of senior match officials to assist with presentations over the two-days. Among the topics being covered, are match management, playing conditions and player behaviour. The workshop will also feature the recently updated ICC Code of Conduct.

Rawl Lewis, Umpires Coordinator from the WICB thinks the “investment in the development of the match officials and umpires is key to the overall cricket development in the region.” Lewis also noted that a workshop is hosted before every major tournament.

The participants will be 12 match referees and 12 umpires. This workshop is for the senior members. Other workshops in the early part of next year will focus on the junior umpires.

Meanwhile, other West Indian umpires, Gregory Brathwaite (mentor umpire), Carl Tuckett and Jacqueline Williams are part of the match officials for the week-long, 18-match, World Cricket League now on in Los Angeles. That tournament ends on Saturday, November 5. Brathwaite is conducting workshop sessions while in Los Angeles. Last year, Williams stood in her first first-class match, and last month again, stood in two matches in the West Indies versus India women’s series in Jamaica.

The six teams participating are Bermuda, Denmark, Italy, Jersey, Oman and the United States. The top two will be promoted to Division 3; while the bottom two are to be relegated.

West Indies currently has four international umpires. They are Joel Wilson, Gregory Brathwaite, Nigel Duguid and Leslie Reifer Jr.

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