Sharfuddowla to become fifth Bangladeshi test umpire
Published: 04:45 PM, 26 January 2021
Sharfuddowla Ibne Shahid Saikat is set to make his debut as the fifth Bangladeshi umpire in Test cricket as he will do his duty as an on-field umpire in the upcoming two-match Test series between Bangladesh and the West Indies.
Richard Illingworth had been named by the ICC as a match official for Bangladesh's Test series at home against West Indies on February, making Illingworth the first neutral umpire in a Test since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given permission to host an international series with the umpires of the host country due to coronavirus. But the Bangladesh-West Indies series came to a standstill as the country has no home umpires on the ICC's elite panel as it lags behind in terms of standards and ICC sent foreign umpires to Bangladesh for the Test series.
Illingworth landed in Bangladesh on January 24 while he will officiate the two Tests, starting from the Chattogram test on 03 February and the rest will be at Dhaka on 11 February, alongside home umpire Sharfuddoula.
By the Chattogram test, Mr Sharfuddoula will become the fifth Bangladeshi umpire to stand in a Test match after Enamul Haque, AFM Akhtaruddin, Mahbubur Rahman, and Showkatur Rahman.