With the Regional 4-Day Tournament set to begin on Friday and the ultimate aim of improving the quality of officiating, it was timely that the WICB, in collaboration with the International Cricket Council, the sport’s World governing body, staged the training seminar.

ICC Umpires Peformance and Training Manager Simon Taufel, a former ICC elite umpire from Australia, and ICC Umpires’ coach David Levens, along with four of the region’s leading umpires –retired international umpire Goaland Greaves, as well as current international umpires Nigel Duguid, Gregory Brathwaite and Joel Wilson were among the facilitators for the seminar.

“This is a great initiative which will benefit our umpires and match referee,” said WICB project officer – cricket operations Rawl Lewis. “A seminar like this are a great way to raise the quality of our officiating and by extension the game in the region.

“We are happy that our match officials have had this opportunity to train ahead of the Regional 4-Day Tournament and we hope that the skills they have acquired will benefit them during the season.”

Lewis said: “It’s also important that the decisions made by our match officials are standardised and correct and this was one of the focuses of this course.

“From time to time, issues and problems will pop up in matches, but we hoped this seminar will now help guide our match officials on how to deal effectively with them.”

The seminar involved training on various aspects of the game, including the mental side of umpiring, match management, team work, communication, roles of the third and fourth umpires and match referee, as well as a practical training in a match simulation.

WICB Media Release.

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