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Roshan Mahanama to step down from ICC Elite Panel

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Sri Lankan match referee Roshan Mahanama will step down from the International Cricket Council (ICC) Elite Panel at the end of this year, ICC announced today.

"This has been an extremely difficult decision as I am very passionate about cricket, which has been an integral part of my life for over 40 years as a cricketer, coach and ICC match referee," the 49-year-old Mahanama said on Tuesday (September 15).

He continued, "However, in life a time comes when one has to keep moving forward based on obligations and priorities. My time has come to devote an uninterrupted focus and attention to my family, who made massive sacrifices over the years to enable me to pursue my career for over three decades." Mahanama described as his journey as a match referee as "amazing". "The journey for almost 12 years as an ICC match referee has been amazing and something for me to reflect upon with pride and satisfaction. I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with some outstanding professionals, refereed at some great matches and visited some incredible places along the way," he said.

"I would like to thank the ICC and Sri Lanka Cricket for affording me the opportunity to be involved in almost 600 internationals of the game I so passionately love!

"I can never forget to record my appreciation of the support and assistance offered to me by all my former and current colleagues. A big bouquet to all the ICC staff and Members for the kind courtesies extended. It has been nothing less than a privilege and a pleasure to work with such a wonderful group of human beings over the years," he added.

Mahanama joined the elite panel in 2004 and has refereed in 58 Tests, 222 ODIs and 35 T20Is to date, including refereeing in three ICC Cricket World Cups and the ICC Champions Trophy 2009.

He has made the decision to step down six months ahead of the expiry of his contract so that he can spend more time with his family and also focus on the development of his business activities in Sri Lanka.

As a cricketer, Mahanama represented Sri Lanka in 52 Tests and 213 One-Day Internationals from 1986 to 1999. He played in four ICC Cricket World Cups and was a Member of the Sri Lanka side that triumphed over Australia in the 1996 final in Lahore. He also captained Sri Lanka in two One-Day Internationals.

ICC General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice, thanked Mahanama for his contributions as a match referee: "Roshan has been one of the pioneers of the elite panel and has been an integral component during the phase when the Referee's role was evolving.

"Roshan, very efficiently and intelligently, integrated his cricketing knowledge into match management skills to earn huge respect and appreciation from the entire cricketing fraternity. On behalf of the ICC, I congratulate him on a successful career as a match referee and wish him well in his future endeavours."

Vince Van Der Bijl, ICC's Senior Umpires & Referees Manager, paid tribute to Roshan, saying: "Roshan's hallmark as a Match Referee has been his meticulous preparation and methodical approach. His efficiency and dedication to the task in serving cricket has shone through his time with the ICC."

Mahanama's replacement in the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees will be announced in due course, ICC said.(IST)
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  • SM Tuesday, 15 September 2015 05:37 PM

    One of the most respected cricketers of our times. A real gentleman with solid values. Good luck sir.

    Quintus Tuesday, 15 September 2015 12:55 PM

    You had done a wonderful job as captain / coach / referee / and as a respected gentleman ...how time has come to bev a captain to fulfill your duty as father / coach to guide to your grown up kids to solid family life and referee in your spouses work ..good luck and god bless you buddy ..

    Peter Tuesday, 15 September 2015 08:36 PM

    We salute you Mahanama.....

    Oliver Cooray Tuesday, 15 September 2015 08:39 PM

    Thank you for your neutral position, you made a valuable verification. Wish you good luck.

    yaka mahathaya Tuesday, 15 September 2015 09:03 PM

    good luck, Rosh... show the present crop of jokers what fielding is all about.. show it ... your way !

    dhanikaqdm@gmail.com Tuesday, 15 September 2015 02:28 PM

    A true gentleman. Good luck in your future venture via DM Android App

    Bala Tuesday, 15 September 2015 02:24 PM

    Thank you for your contribution to Sri Lanka cricket and for lifting the SL image in World Cricket circles by an exemplary career as an Elite Panel Referee and wish you all the very best in your future undertakings.


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