Erasmus to administer in Pakistan-India Asia Cup conflict

KARACHI: Marais Eras­mus, a standout amongst the most regarded authorities on the ICC tip top board of umpires, is set to oversee a Pakistan-India One-day International for the third time in 15 months when the two subcontinent monsters confront each other in their Asia Cup Group ‘B’ apparatus in Dubai on Sept 19.

Erasmus, the 54-year-old South African who directed both in the ICC Champions Trophy pool coordinate — when India crushed Pakistan at Edgbaston — and the last in June 2017, won convincingly by Sarfraz Ahmed’s men against Virat Kohli’s charges at The Oval, will be joined forces on the field by Sri Lanka’s Ruchira Palliya­gur­uge with Gregory Brathwaite of West Indies named as the TV umpire and previous Australian batsman David Boon as the match arbitrator.

The 50-over rivalry formally starts from Saturday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium with Sri Lanka playing Bangladesh in the Group ‘A’ diversion. Afgha­nistan are the opposite side in this pool.

Additionally, Erasmus — who has so far remained in 77 ODIs separated from 51 Tests and 26 T20 Internationals — could be directing in another Pakistan versus India tie as the on-field umpire in the Super Four match when the two qualifiers from Group ‘B’ play in Abu Dhabi on Sept 23 with arrangements for the second on-field authority and TV umpire to be made later by the Asian Cup coordinators.

Ex-Zimbabwe batsman Andy Pycroft is the other match ref for the Asia while the board of umpires additionally incorporates ICC worldwide board individuals Shaun George of South Africa, Pakistan’s Ahsan Raza, Nitin Menon of India, Bangladesh’s Anisur Rahman and Ahmad Pakteen of Afghanistan.

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Hong Kong, who met all requirements for the opposition in the wake of vanquishing UAE in the last of the Asian Cup qualifiers in Malaysia a week ago, open their Group ‘B’ crusade against Pakistan in Dubai on Sept 16 with Tucker and Pakteen named as on-field umpires with George directing as the TV authority and Pycroft as the match ref.

Erasmus and Boon have been further being named to direct in the last in Dubai on Sept 28 with Australia’s Rod Tucker observing the TV replays.

In the mean time, the ICC affirmed that it has granted ODI status to all matches in the Asia Cup with the representing body’s CEO saying in an announcement: “To allow ODI status to all matches in the Asia Cup is a positive advance taken by the ICC Board as we keep on taking an inside and out take a gander at global cricket structures in connection to our long haul aspiration of developing the amusement and adding to the one billion fans who as of now take after the game.”

Hong Kong are the main group in the competition without ODI status.

Richardson additionally stated: “This choice was educated by our audit of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier recently where there was a blend of diversions with and without universal status which turned out to be mistaking for fans.

“So as to rearrange the circumstance we will expand the ICC Cricket World Cup guideline of all matches being ODIs to different competitions where some of the groups have ODI status and some not, this incorporates the Asia Cup and ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers.”

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Timetable (all matches begin at 4:30pm PST):

Group organize:

Sept 15: Sri Lanka versus Bangladesh (Dubai) — Umpires: Marais Erasmus and Chettithody Shamshuddin; TV umpire: Gregory Brathwaite; fourth umpire: Ahmad Pakteen; coordinate arbitrator: David Boon.

Sept 16: Pakistan versus Hong Kong (Dubai) — Umpires: Rod Tucker and Ahmad Pakteen; TV umpire: Shaun George; fourth umpire: Nitin Menon; coordinate ref: Andy Pycroft.

Sept 17: Sri Lanka versus Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi) — Umpires: Ahsan Raza and

Gregory Brathwaite; TV umpire: Marais

Erasmus; fourth umpire: Chettithody Shamshuddin; coordinate ref: David Noon.

Sept 18: India versus Hong Kong (Dubai) — Umpires: Shaun George and Anisur Rahman; TV umpire: Rod Tucker; fourth umpire: Ahsan Raza’ coordinate ref: Andy Pycroft.

Sept 19: Pakistan versus India (Dubai) — Umpires; Marais Erasmus and Ruchira Palliyaguruge; TV umpire: Gregory Brathwaite; fourth umpire: Anisur Rahman; coordinate official: David Boon.

Sept 20: Bangladesh versus Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi) — Umpires: Rod Tucker and Nitin Menon; TV umpire: Shaun George; fourth umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge; coordinate ref: Andy Pycroft.

Super Four

Sept 21: Group ‘A’ Winners versus Group ‘B’ Runners-up (Dubai) — Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite and second on-field selection; TV umpire: Rod Tucker; fourth umpire: to be assigned; coordinate ref: David Boon.

Sept 21: Group ‘B’ Winners versus Group ‘A’ Runners-up (Abu Dhabi) — Umpires: Shaun George and second on-field designation; TV umpire: Marais Erasmus; fourth umpire: to be named; coordinate official: Andy Pycroft.

Sept 23: Group ‘A’ Winners versus Group ‘A’ Runners-up (Dubai) — Umpires: Rod Tucker and second on-field designation; TV umpire: Gregory Brathwaite; fourth umpire: to be named; coordinate official: David Boon.

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Sept 23: Group ‘B’ Winners versus Group ‘B’ Runners-up (Abu Dhabi) — Umpires: Marais Erasmus and second on-field selection; TV umpire: Shaun George; fourth umpire: to be named; coordinate ref: Andy Pycroft.

Sept 25: Group ‘A’ Winners versus Group ‘B’ Winners (Dubai) — Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite and second on-field assignment; TV umpire: Rod Tucker; fourth umpire: to be named; coordinate ref: Andy Pycroft.

Sept 26: Group ‘A’ Runners-up versus Group ‘B’ Runners-up (Abu Dhabi) — Umpires: Shaun George and second on-field assignment; TV umpire: Marais Erasmus; fourth umpire: to be designated; coordinate arbitrator: David Boon.

Sept 28: Final (Dubai) — Umpires: Marais Erasmus and second on-field designation; TV umpire: Rod Tucker; fourth umpire: to be assigned; coordinate arbitrator: David Boon.

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