Bowden back on elite panel

New Zealand

The animated Billy Bowden has rejoined the International Cricket Council's elite panel of umpires.

The animated Billy Bowden has rejoined the International Cricket Council's elite panel of umpires.

Bowden, who has replaced New Zealander Tony Hill, is the only change to the panel – after the ICC's annual review. The 51-year-old Bowden previously served on the elite panel from 2003 to 2013

The selection process was undertaken by chief match referee Ranjan Madugalle, former England cricketer David Lloyd and erstwhile Indian captain Srinivas Venkataraghavan.

"Billy's return to the elite panel is a result of his hard work and perseverance. His skills and experience will further strengthen the ICC umpiring team," said elite panel chairman Geoff Allardice.

<b>Elite panel of ICC umpires:</b> Aleem Dar, Billy Bowden, Kumar Dharmasena, Steve Davis, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker.

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