Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees has reached a half-century of Test matches during the second Test between Australia and South Africa in Hobart.
The 60-year-old Pycroft’s first Test as a match referee was between England and the West Indies at Lord’s in May 2009. He officiated in an ODI for the first time in Bristol during the same month while his T20I debut was in the match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Colombo in September 2009.
Pycroft has officiated in 123 ODIs and 49 T20Is including matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and the ICC World Twenty20 2016.
Pycroft, who had stints as coach and chief selector in Zimbabwe before he started officiating as an ICC match referee, said he was delighted to have reached the landmark.
“I’m grateful to the ICC for the opportunity it has given me to officiate in international matches, for the support I have been given and the opportunity to stay connected with cricket friends, particularly officials, throughout the world. It has been a privilege and honour,” Pycroft said.
Adrian Griffith, ICC’s Senior Manager – Umpires and Referees, congratulated Pycroft on the achievement.
“Andy has been an asset for us over the years. His experience as a player and administrator, have stood him in good stead and he has been a consistent performer in carrying out his duties. I would like to congratulate Andy on behalf of the ICC and wish him continued success in his career,” he said.