New Delhi, Sep 4: Javagal Srinath of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees is officiating in his 250th Men’s One Day International in the Asia Cup match between India and Nepal in Pallekele today.
A former India fast bowler who finished with 236 wickets in 67 Test matches and 315 wickets in 229 ODIs, Srinath was a member of the team that reached the final of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2003. He became an ICC Match Referee three years later.
Srinath, who will become the fourth to reach the milestone of 250 ODIs as match referee after Ranjan Madugalle, Chris Broad and Jeff Crowe, said he was privileged to have officiated in so many matches.
Javagal Srinath said “It feels great to be reaching this milestone as a match referee. It’s been 17 years on the circuit for me and quite unbelievable that I have now officiated in more ODIs than I played.
“I am privileged to be still associated with the game. I have had a wonderful run since my international debut as match referee in a Test match between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Colombo back in 2006 and will strive to do my best in the coming years.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ICC, the BCCI, my colleagues on the Elite Panel as well as near and dear ones who have been with me through this journey.”