Oct 11, Colombo: The retired member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Elite Umpire Panel and the ICC's umpires coach Simon Taufel will lead a workshop for Sri Lankan umpires, Sri Lanka Cricket announced today.
Simon Taufel will be in Sri Lanka from October 14 to 22 of October 2013. SLC's Acting Head of Cricket Operations Carlton Bernadus said.
Sri Lanka Cricket has invited Taufel to lead a seven-day workshop from October 15 to 21. The elite umpire is to conduct a series of programs with a view to enhance the skills of local umpires.
"All Level I and Level II umpires, including the Lankan ICC Elite Panel which comprises Kumar Dharmasena, Ranmore Martinez, Ruchira Palliyaguru and Ravindra Wimalasiri along with the emerging panel of umpires are scheduled to attend this workshop. At present there are 30 Level I and II umpires in Sri Lanka," Bernadus said.
Taufel is scheduled to speak on the expectations of an elite umpire as well as on nutrition, conditions and pressure. Dharmasena will also give a speech entitled 'My way to the top of the elite panel'.
Taufel will conduct the training on the theme of 'What is it to be an Elite Umpire'. He will discuss the subjects of nutrition, conditions and work pressure, Bernadus said.
The ICC's regional coach Peter Manuel and the ICC Manager of Umpires Vince Vandberg are also to offer their expertise to the attendees of the workshop.
Peter Manuel is scheduled to enlighten the local umpires on the ICC recommended new playing conditions that had come into effect from October 1.
Vandberg will conduct a separate workshop for local match referees so that the SLC could earmark them for future development.
During the workshop Lankan elite umpire Kumar Dharmasena, who was adjudged the ICC's Best Umpire will deliver his speech on 'My way to the top of the elite panel'.
SLC’s Umpire Coach Educator T.H. Wijewardena and Carlton Bernadus will conduct a 'Train the Trainer' program with the 50 umpires who are not in the Level I and Level II categories.