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Cricket Australia (CA) has announced the Match Referee Panel and State and Territory Umpire Panels (STUP) for the 2023/24 season.
In total, 35 umpires have been selected by State and Territory Associations to join their respective Umpire Panels this season. The State and Territory Umpire Panels will be complemented by the seven CA Supplementary Umpire Panel members across all formats.
Six women have been included on the panels (Claire Polosak, Eloise Sheridan, Clare Haysom, Lisa McCabe, Ashlee Gibbons and Kate Holloman). Haysom and Holloman have been named on the panel for the first time.
Alongside Premier Cricket commitments, members of respective STUPs will be appointed to officiate in CA competitions, including the Weber Women’s Big Bash League, Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL), Toyota Second XI, CA Underage National Championships and as Fourth Umpires in the KFC Big Bash League.
2023/24 State and Territory Umpire Panels
ACT: Dinusha Bandara, Syed Humayun, Paul Miller and Doug Toyne
New South Wales: Mitchell Claydon, Andrew Hamilton, Roberto Howard, Daniel Moran, Sharad Patel*, Troy Penman*, Claire Polosak* and Bede Sajowitz
South Australia: Dhaval Bhatt, Andrew Crozier*, James Cushway, Peter George, Kurt Miegel, Harsimran Singh and Eloise Sheridan*
Tasmania: Sam Burns, Simon Burns, Muhammad Qureshi and Craig Seabourne
Victoria: Gaurav Bawa, Daryl Brigham, Chris Grant, Clare Haysom, Lisa MaCabe and Mattis van Eck
Western Australia: Jarryd Buscall, Ashlee Gibbons, Kate Holloman, Ahmad Khan and Jamie Thomas
*CA Supplementary Umpire Panel
CA has also announced a change to the Match Referees Panel for the 2023/24 summer of cricket following the retirement of Steve Bernard.
Head of Cricket Operations and Scheduling, Peter Roach said:
“The retention of much of the Match Referee Panel was an endorsement of their outstanding contribution to the successful summer of cricket last season.
“We are sad to be losing Steve Bernard from our Match Referee Panel. Steve has made the difficult decision to retire as a contracted member of the panel, but we are pleased that he will continue as a relief match referee. Steve has made an excellent contribution to the panel in his 10 years of service, and many more in other roles in cricket, and we thank him for all he has done for the sport.
“We are very confident that the vast experience of the eight panel members will ensure our competitions have the best possible oversight.
“The season is underway, and we look forward to another exciting and full summer of cricket.”
CA has also made changes to the ICC Regional Match Referee representatives with the appointment of David Gilbert and Kent Hannam.
“We thank Steve Bernard and Bob Stratford for their service as ICC Regional Match Referees representing CA with high levels of integrity, trust, and respect. We congratulate David and Kent who we are sure will continue the fine standing of CA match referees at the ICC level,” Roach said.
CA congratulates all match officials on their respective appointments.