PCB nominates match officials for ICC panels

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today announced its nominations to the ICC panel of international match officials for the 2020-21 season.

Former test opener Ali Naqvi is the only new inclusion as he joins Prof. Javed Malik in the ICC panel of international match referees, while Ahsan Raza, Asif Yaqoob, Rashid Riaz Waqar and Shozab Raza have been retained in the ICC panel of international umpires.

Ali has replaced Mohammad Anees, who is part of the PCB’s six-member elite panel of match referees. Anees refereed in two ODIs in November 2017 between Papua New Guinea and Scotland in Dubai.

Ali Naqvi, 43, played five tests for Pakistan in a five-month period from October 1997 to March 1998, scoring 242 runs at just over 30. Ali began his career with a fine 115 in Rawalpindi against a bowling attack including Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Pat Symcox and Jacques Kallis. However, he could not convert that start into a successful career as he managed scores of 19, 30 not out, 11, 6, 27, 13, 13 and 8 in his next eight innings.

He retired from first-class cricket in 2011 after aggregating 5,881 runs in 115 matches with 14 centuries and 24 half-centuries.

In 2014, Ali was appointed as a member of the junior national selection committee before joining the PCB panel of match referees in 2016-17. He was promoted to the elite panel in 2018-19. He is presently a member of the PCB cricket committee as the match officials’ representative.

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