The ICC have confirmed that three of Scotland’s top officials have been reappointed to the ICC Development Panel of International Umpires (previously the ICC Associate & Affiliate Panel of International Umpires) for 2017.
Allan Haggo, Alex Dowdalls and Ian Ramage will continue to serve on the panel following a successful year representing Scotland on the international stage.
In the past year both Haggo and Dowdalls were on field as they officiated in their first ODIs with Haggo being appointed to stand in the two ODIs in the World Cricket League Championship between Scotland and UAE. In addition Haggo also had the opportunity on the English County circuit and gaining invaluable experience in the ECB 2nd XI Championship last summer.
Dowdalls having been on field for the weather affected Intercontinental Cup match in Ayr also made both his T20I and ODI debuts more recently at the beginning of 2017 when he travelled to the UAE as part of the panel appointed to officiate in the Desert T20 in which saw him selected at the end of the group stages to stand in the Semi Final between Afghanistan and Oman. He then remained in Dubai to and was on field as Hong Kong and UAE played in the ODI Tri Series decider at the Dubai International Stadium.
Ian Ramage’s year began with a challenging visit to Bangladesh for the 2016 ICC Under 19 World Cup, an event that saw him as the only official from outside a full member nation appointed on the panel. Alongside standing in four ODIs on home soil he was also active across a number of 2nd XI fixtures in the English counties.
Ramage also acted as Umpire Mentor in the European World Cricket League Qualifier held in Sweden offering support to colleagues from across the Europe region in addition to a number of our own umpires who received opportunities in International regional events. This event in Sweden and the ICC European Division 2 U19 World Cup Qualifier saw Neil Davidson, Eric Young, Shaun Els, Andy Baird and David McLean all get exposure to regional events in 2016.
Commenting on the success of our officials Cricket Scotland’s Operations Manager Ross Brooks was full of praise “I have seen up close how hard Ian, Allan and Alex have worked throughout 2016 and the significant effort they put in their preparation, high level of on field performances and their dedication to improving means they fully deserve their place on the ICC Development Panel this coming year. I am also delighted that we got the opportunity for five more of our top performing officials to stand at regional ICC events last summer, ensuring we are supporting not only our top officials but also our aspiring international umpires is a key area for Cricket Scotland over the coming years.”
Our congratulations to all involved and also our best wishes go to Ian Ramage who departs for Sri Lanka to officiate in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in February