Friday 7 April 2006 

ECB Press Release

Following the ICC announcement of the expansion of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires to include Mark Benson, the ECB has today announced the latest nominations to their International Umpires Panel.

ECB Umpires and Match Officials Manager, Chris Kelly said: “It is a fantastic achievement for Mark to have been given this opportunity. I have no doubt that he will fulfil his new role expertly and we wish him the best of luck.

“We have some highly qualified umpires to replace Mark on the International Umpires Panel, all of whom have plenty of experience and expertise in the field.”

Subsequent to his experiences as a TV umpire, Nigel Llong has been elevated to become a full member of the International Umpires Panel. He said of his appointment: “I am delighted and am looking forward to the challenges international cricket will provide. It is very exciting following in the steps of umpiring greats like David Shepherd and Dickie Bird who made such a lasting impression on the game in this country.”

Ian Gould was also named as a full member of the International Panel.; He said: “I have never hidden my desire to officiate in international cricket so I’m very excited by this chance to progress to the next level. I’m looking forward to it.”

Peter Hartley has been appointed as the new International TV Umpire. He stated: “When I began my umpiring career my aim was always to officiate at the highest level. This nomination represents the next step for me in my development and I am thrilled.”

These appointments follow the decision of Jeremy Lloyds to stand down from International umpiring for personal reasons. This follows two successful years of officiating at international level, including appointment to the Champions Trophy Panel in 2004. Lloyds umpired five Tests and 18 ODI matches during his international career.

Lloyds said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time as an international umpire, but for family reasons I have decided not to continue. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ECB for all their encouragement and support over the past two years.”