Indian umpire Tarapore to officiate in county cricket

Mumbai: India’s Shavir Tarapore, named in the panel of umpires to officiate in the 2011 World Cup by the International Cricket Council, will officiate in two county matches in England in July-August next year.

Tarapore’s trip and a reciprocal visit by Tim Robinson of England to officiate in the December 24-27 Ranji Trophy quarterfinal at Indore between Karnataka and hosts Madhya Pradesh is part of the Umpire Exchange Programme the BCCI has entered into with the England and Wales Cricket Board, Board secretary N Srinivasan said on Saturday.

Robinson would stay on to officiate in one of the two semifinals to be held from January 3-6, 2011 while an umpire from South Africa would officiate in the other semifinal as part of a similar programme with Cricket South Africa that was initiated in 2008-09.

The South African umpire would be one of the two on-field officials in the Ranji final scheduled from January 11-15, Srinivasan said.

India’s S Ravi would officiate in two domestic matches in South Africa, he added.