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No Indian umpire/referee for Champions Trophy

LONDON, AUG. 30. India may be the financial hub of modern cricket and Sourav Ganguly's men raring to topple Australia for the Test and one-day world champion status, but the subcontinent giant will have no representation in the umpires and referees' panel for the ICC Champions Trophy.

Former Test batsman Gundappa Viswanath is among the ICC Referees panel while K. Hariharan, A. V. Jayaprakash and I. Shivaram are in the list of ICC International Umpires. None of them was, however, appointed to officiate in the 12-nation event in England from Sept. 10 to 25.

The ICC statement which confirmed the appointments on Monday did not, however, specify the reasons for the non-inclusion of the Indian officials.

Chris Broad, Clive Lloyd, Ranjan Madugalle and Mike Procter of the Elite Panel of ICC Referees will share referee duties during the group stage of the tournament.

All eight members of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires will officiate on the field and as third umpires in the 12 preliminary matches. The eight on-field umpires will be joined by Billy Doctrove and Jeremy Lloyds.

Umpires officiating at the ICC Champions Trophy 2004 will take part in a series of technology trials as the ICC continues its approach to understanding what role technology can play in aiding and improving umpire decision-making.

The two technological innovations involving umpires will see standing officials wired to TV stump microphones and third umpires calling no-balls.

The umpires and referees for Champions Trophy matches:

Sept. 10: England v Zimbabwe at Edgbaston, Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Umpires: Simon Taufel, Steve Bucknor and Billy Bowden; New Zealand v USA at The Oval, Referee: Mike Procter, Umpires: Billy Doctrove, David Shepherd and Darrell Hair.

Sept. 11: India v Kenya at Rose Bowl, Referee: Clive Lloyd, Umpires: Daryl Harper, Rudi Koertzen and Aleem Dar.

Sept. 12: South Africa v Bangladesh at Edgbaston, Referee: Chris Broad, Umpires: Jeremy Lloyds, Taufel and Hair.

Sept. 13: Australia v USA at Rose Bowl, Referee: Madugalle, Umpires: Bowden, Aleem Dar and Bucknor.

Sept. 14: Pakistan v Kenya at Edgbaston, Referee: Lloyd, Umpires: Hair, Doctrove and Koertzen; Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at The Oval, Referee: Procter, Umpires: Harper, Shepherd and Taufel.

Sept. 15: West Indies v Bangladesh at Rose Bowl, Referee: Broad, Umpires: Lloyds, Dar and Bowden.

Sept. 16: Australia v New Zealand at The Oval, Referee: Madugalle, Umpires: Bucknor, Koertzen and Shepherd.

Sept. 17: Sri Lanka v England at Rose Bowl, Referee: Procter, Umpires: Bowden, Hair and Doctrove.

Sept. 18: South Africa v West Indies at The Oval, Referee: Broad, Umpires: Lloyds, Shepherd and Harper.

Sept. 19: India v Pakistan at Edgbaston, Referee: Lloyd, Umpires: Koertzen, Taufel and Bucknor. — PTI

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