Umpire joins elite league

FIRST there was Howard Webb MBE and now there is Richard Kettleborough.

The former Yorkshire player who started his cricket career in Rotherham has joined football's World Cup final referee at the peak of his profession after being promoted to the top level of cricket umpires.

His selection for the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC umpires means he is now among the top 12 in the world and will be taking charge of more international games at home and overseas.

At 38, Richard is the youngest on the panel and he is bowled over by his selection.

He said: "It's a great honour. It's something since I have worked towards since I started umpiring in 2002.

"The International Cricket Council has first call on my services now and it means my county work will reduce by half. I'll be flying off to work overseas a lot more."

Richard started as a junior at Anston CC and attended Dinnington Comprehensive School.

David Richardson, ICC's general manager, said: "Richard's promotion is a result of hard work and impressive performances and will act as an inspiration to other umpires."


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