“I am excited and honoured to have been selected for one of the most important jobs in cricket,” Richardson said. © Getty Images

“I am excited and honoured to have been selected for one of the most important jobs in cricket,” Richardson said. © Getty Images

Richie Richardson, the former West Indies captain, has been appointed to the elite panel of match referees of the International Cricket Council. Richardson will start off in his new role when he winds up his tenure as the manager of the West Indies team at the end of their three-Test tour of Australia in January next year, the International Cricket Council announced on Monday (September 21).

“I am excited and honoured to have been selected for one of the most important jobs in cricket,” Richardson said. “Having been on either side of the fence, first as a player and then as an administrator, I think I have the experience and insight to help me contribute positively alongside some of the finest and most experienced match officials. Obviously, I look forward to working and learning from my colleagues as we all continue to strive for excellence.”

Richardson also thanked the support he has received from the West Indies Cricket Board. “Until the end of the Australia tour, I will remain fully committed and focused on my current assignment as the West Indies cricket team manager and I would like to thank the West Indies Cricket Board for its support over years as well as the encouragement it provided to me in taking up this new role.”

Richardson, a veteran of three World Cups (1987, 1992 and 1996) represented his country in 86 Tests in which he scored 5949 runs, and 224 One-Day Internationals where he made 6248 runs. Additionally, he also served as the captain of the team for 24 Tests and 87 ODIs in a career spanning 13 years.

Richardson’s appointment comes following the decision of Roshan Mahanama to step down from the panel at the end of the year. Mahanama has been a part of the panel for over a decade, having been appointed in 2004, and has since officiated in three World Cups (2007, 2011, and 2015).

The other members of the elite panel of referees are Ranjan Madugalle, David Boon, Chris Broad, Jeff Crowe, Andy Pycroft and Javagal Srinath.