Bowden Returns To Elite Panel

Billy Bowden
Billy Bowden has returned to the ICC Elite Panel of umpires
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New Zealand's Billy Bowden has replaced compatriot Tony Hill on the International Cricket Council Elite Panel of umpires for the 2014-15 season.

Hill stood down earlier this year to take up a role as New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Umpire Coach.

Bowden was previously on the panel between 2003 and 2013, standing in 76 Tests, 189 One-Day Internationals and 21 Twenty20 Internationals.

Bowden replacing Hill is the only change to this season's panel, which now comprises Aleem Dar, Bowden, Kumar Dharmasena, Steve Davis, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel and Rod Tucker.

The panel was selected by an ICC Umpire Selection Panel chaired by ICC General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice.

ICC Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle, former England player, coach and umpire David Lloyd and former India captain and umpire Srinivas Venkataragavan also sit on the panel.

"Billy’s return to the elite panel is a result of his hard work and perseverance," Allardice said.

"His skills and experience will further strengthen the ICC umpiring team."

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