Two different sets of match officials for two Tests in Pakistan
Two different sets of ICC match officials are likely to perform duty in the forthcoming Test series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The first set of match officials (on field and TV umpires : Michael Gough, Richard Kettleborough and Richard Illingworth and match referee Andrew Pycroft ), who arrived in Rawalpindi (via Islamabad) from Dubai on Tuesday (via Emirates flight EK-612) are booked again to return to Dubai (via EK-613) on Monday, the December 16, i.e. the day after the scheduled completion of the first Test match in Rawalpindi, it is learnt here.
It is presumed that the another set of match officials will arrive to supervise the second Test match in Karachi (beginning on December 19).
Pakistan has hosted few ODIs and T-20is in the recent years and considering the fact that one neutral umpire along with a home umpire are in charge of the ODIs and both local umpires officiate in the T-20is, this has been the first instance in last ten years when all foreigners are match-officials for the two Tests in Pakistan.
Test cricket returns to Pakistan for first time since 2009 terror attack.
The match-referee Andrew Pycroft for the Rawalpindi Test met the captains of both teams on Tuesday, it is also learnt.