Ian Ramage has retired from international umpiring after 12 years representing Scotland on the ICC Associate and Affiliate Panel and Development Panel of International Umpires.
Since making his debut in 2007 in an Intercontinental Cup match in The Netherlands, he stood in 35 One Day Internationals and seven T20 Internationals. The highlights of his career included officiating in Scotland’s first win over a Full Member and, of course, being involved in the win over England last year as well as being selected to stand in five under-19 World Cups. Ian cites his biggest challenge as adapting to the differing conditions, both on and off field, when umpiring away from Scotland.
Ian will now focus purely on his England and Wales Cricket Board cricket, having secured another contract for 2019. Ian will also support the development of future regional and international umpires in Scotland, adding his invaluable experience to support the IRUP (International and Regional Umpiring Panel) group.
Ian will be replaced on the international panel alongside Allan Haggo and Alex Dowdalls by David McLean. David played as a wicket-keeper/batsman for Carlton Cricket Club as a junior and then in the old East League competition before moving to Watsonian Cricket Club when the National League was created in the late 1990s. He began umpiring in 2014, and since then he has umpired regularly in local, regional, and national competitions. In 2018 he umpired the Masterton Trophy Final and the Scottish Cup Final. He has umpired a number of matches in the newly formed Pro 50 and T20 Blitz competitions. He gained some experience of ICC cricket at the ICC World Cricket League (Europe) – Division 2 in 2016 in Sweden. Away from cricket David is an advocate, dealing with a wide range of civil cases in courts across Scotland.
David said, “I am delighted to have been appointed to the ICC Development Panel of International Umpires. In particular, it is an honour to be replacing Ian, who has been a great help to me in starting and progressing my umpiring career. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Commenting on his retirement from international umpiring, Ian said “I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have enjoyed so much international cricket, working with many of the top officials in the world and being around some of the best players. I’ll be eternally grateful to everyone involved in giving me such opportunities and everyone who contributed to my career. I’m delighted that David is succeeding me and I wish him every success in his international career.”
Cricket Scotland would like thank Ian for his commitment to international umpiring in which he has represented Scotland with such distinction.
CEO, Malcolm Cannon, commented “Scotland has been incredibly fortunate to have had Ian act as an ambassador for the country and the sport and he has been an inspiration to officials both at home in Scotland and overseas. Our other international panel umpires will keep the tradition going and everyone at Cricket Scotland wishes David all the very best of luck on the international circuit.”