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Cricket Australia (CA) has announced the Match Referee Panel and State and Territory Umpire Panels (STUP) for the 2023/24 season, which features three Pakistani-origin umpires.

Syed Humayun, Ahmad Khan and Muhammad Qureshi’s names would also be considered as fourth umpires in BBL after fulfilling their duties in the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).

Alongside Premier Cricket commitments, members of the umpire panel will be appointed to officiate in CA competitions, including the Weber Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL), Toyota Second XI, CA Underage National Championships and as Fourth Umpires in the KFC Big Bash League (BBL).

Apart from three Pakistani-origin umpires, four members from India and one from Sri Lankan family heritage were also named in the CA Umpires panel for season 2023/24.

Eight South Asian members of STUP’s

Dinusha Bandara (Sri Lanka), Syed Humayun (Pakistan), Sharad Patel (India), Daval Bhatt (India), Harsimran Singh (India), Muhammad Qureshi (Pakistan), Gaurav Bawa (India), Ahmad Khan (Pakistan).

Additionally, six women have also been included in the panel (Claire Polosak, Eloise Sheridan, Clare Haysom, Lisa McCabe, Ashlee Gibbons and Kate Holloman). Haysom and Holloman have been named on the panel for the first time.

In total, 35 umpires have been selected by State and Territory Associations to join their respective Umpire Panels this season. The State and Territory Umpire Panels will be complemented by the seven CA Supplementary Umpire Panel members across all formats.

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