Queesnlanders Bruce Oxenford and Donovan Koch will share centre stage for differing reasons this sumner following the release of the 2021-22 CA National Umpires panels.
The highly credfentialed Oxenford re-joins the National panel following his decision last year to retire from the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires last season.
Koch meanwhile has been elevated to the 2021-22 CA International Panel Umpires list for the first time, making him eligble to stand in full international games.
Fellow Queensland offical David Taylor continues on the CA Supplementary Umoire panel.
Oxenford called time on a magnificent international career at the end of the 2020-21 season, which culminated in a rare home Test match at the Gabba,
Following his retirement from the international game, Oxenford resumed duties at CA domestic level and won his fourth Cricket Australia (CA) Umpire Award.
Eloise Sheridan is the new addition to the CA Supplementary Umpire Panel.
Sheridan is a former player with the Sturt and Kensington Premier Cricket Clubs and has been on the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) Premier Umpiring Panel since the 2015-16 season.
Following strong performances at WNCL, WBBL and CA pathway matches, Sheridan was appointed as a member of the International Panel of ICC Development Umpires in 2019.
Koch has been added to the 2021-22 CA International Panel Umpires list for the first time.
Koch, a former First-Class cricketer from South Africa who played 21 matches at First-Class level and 20 List-A games, was appointed to the National Umpire Panel in 2019-20.
Koch, who began his umpiring career in England, stood in all CA Senior Men’s competitions last season as well as in the CommBank Women’s Internationals, and brings with him substantial experience at the professional level.
He and Oxenford provided Queensland Cricket with a range of online learning tips for aspiring umpires last year which can be found at: https://qldcricket.com.au/get-involved/umpiring-and-scoring/umpire-training-videos
Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson acknowledged he exceptional work done by the State's hard-working umpires in congratulating those officials included on the National panels.
"Bruce and Donovan have done wonderful work as individuals on the field, but equally, any of our umpires who have been recognised at national level have also been leading lights off the field where they assist and inspire their colleagues,'' he said.
CA Match Officials Manager, Sean Easey, said;
“We’re incredibly lucky to have such outstanding candidates for each of our Umpiring Panels.”
“Donovan is a tremendously talented Umpire, and his appointment to the CA International Umpires Panel is just rewards for his consistently excellent performances.
“It’s also wonderful to welcome Bruce Oxenford back into the CA Umpiring system. Not only is Bruce a world class umpire, his commitment to developing young up and coming umpires and the knowledge he brings to our team is a great result for officiating in this country.
“I’d also like to thank Gerard Abood for his excellent service as a member of the CA International Umpires Panel. His knowledge and experience will continue to be invaluable for our team domestically and I have no doubt he will continue to press for selection to our international panel in the future.”
Cricket Australia has announced its 2021-22 Umpire Panels.
2021-22 CA National Umpire Panel (expanding from 10 to 11 umpires):
2021-22 CA Supplementary Umpire Panel (expanding from 6 to 7 umpires):
2021-22 CA International Panel Umpires (nominated to ICC as umpires for Men’s International matches):
2021-22 International Panel of ICC Development Umpires (nominated to ICC as eligible umpires for Women’s International matches / events):