Cloete promoted to ICC TV Umpire Panel
Cricket South Africa (CSA) today announced that Northerns umpire, Johan Cloete, has been appointed to serve on the International Cricket Council (ICC) TV Umpire Panel. Cloete was rewarded for his sterling performance in domestic cricket last season and was delighted with the news.
“It feels good to be acknowledged for the hard work I have put in and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Cloete, who made his First-Class debut in 1993.
His consistent efforts were also recognised when he was nominated as one of the umpires of the year at the SA Cricket Awards Gala Dinner in association with Standard Bank, Castle and MTN, and will replace Ian Howell, while Brian Jerling and Marais Erasmus have been retained on the Emirates International Panel of Umpires.
Cloete’s rise up the ranks is a positive example of the umpire development structures in place as CSA introduces another initiative, the four-man Pilot Panel. CSA re-structured its match officials panels to meet the demands of the increased volume of matches, which will see more umpires on rotation.
“It has been encouraging to see the number of young umpires coming through the system, especially previously disadvantaged ones. The pilot panel will help to give the less experienced umpires motivation and incentive. We work hard to develop and train the youngsters coming through which proves that umpiring is not only for old men,” remarked Cloete.
The members on the panel have shown the potential to gain higher honours and were identified from the Tournament Pipeline Structures which have been in place since 2000.
23 Year-old army officer, Bongani Jele from Northerns and Jurgen Hanekom have received recognition after being involved in the Standard Bank U13 week, PG Bison U15 Week, Coca Cola Khaya Majola Week, USSA A Week, National Club Championships Week and the Regional Cubs Week respectively. Other members on the panel include Ex-Northerns opening batsman Allahudien Paleker and Jack Morton from the Free State.
Adrian Holdstock and Brad White have been promoted to the National First Class Panel.
National First-Class Panel
Irvin van Kerwel