Billy Doctrove, who along with Darrell Hair — who has already been removed from the ICC Panel— blamed Pakistan bowlers of ball tempering at The Oval, has been appointed to officiate the opening two Tests between Pakistan and South Africa.
Though Pakistan never have objected to Doctrove’s appointment, the West Indies umpire was part of the drama that unfolded at the Oval in the third week of August last year. He has again been appointed to supervise the Tests, once the Pakistan team starts tour abroad.
The International Cricket Council also announced Chris Broad as the match referee for the series that begins with the opening Test at Centurian from Thursday (today).
The entire series will be overseen by Chris Broad and the first Test will be umpired by Steve Bucknor and Billy Doctrove from the ICC Umpires Panel.
The action will move to Port Elizabeth for the second Test, beginning on 19 January. Standing in that match will be Peter Parker and Doctrove. The third Test will take place in Cape Town from 26 to 30 January with Bucknor and Parker appointed to umpire the match.
The players will then exchange their whites for coloured clothing and embark on a five-match ODI series. The first ODI in Centurion will be umpired by Peter Parker and an umpire appointed by the host country.
Steve Bucknor will then take over for the following two ODIs, in Durban and Port Elizabeth. Again, he will be joined in the middle by a locally appointed umpire.
The final two ODIs of the series, in Cape Town and Johannesburg, will be officiated by a locally appointed umpire, and Russell Tiffin.
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