Soft-spoken disciplinarian Madugalle reaches 200 not out
CRICKET: Former Sri Lanka batsman Ranjan Madugalle reached a landmark
here on Friday when he officiated in his 200th one-dayer as a match
referee during the World Cup Super Eights game between England and
Softly-spoken, but a strict disciplinarian, Madugalle is
widely-respected and is excited to reach the landmark.
“It’s always good to reach a landmark,” said Madugalle, whose first
outing as a match referee was between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Karachi
“I would still look at it as another one-day international but, yes,
when I look back and reflect on the journey I feel that it’s something I
enjoyed and will continue to enjoy.”
Madugalle, who will turn 48 six days before the World Cup final on
April 28, needs another six matches to complete a century of Tests as
As a stylish batsman Madugalle played 21 Tests and 63 one-day
internationals until 1988 and also led his country in two Tests.
He feels playing the game was an honour but acting as a referee is a
“There’s no substitute for playing for your country, it is the single
greatest honour. I’m also enjoying my current role and do it with a
passion,” said Madugalle, who became chief referee in 2001.
Madugalle disagreed that the implementation of the code of conduct
and the match referee’s role means that the International Cricket
Council (ICC) is policing the game.
“I think that when the match referee was introduced it was for the
role of disciplining the players, but that actually was just one aspect
of the job,” said Madugalle.
“The role also deals with players’ safety, creates safety standards
and, more importantly, deals with the umpires.
“We like to think that the referees have played a role in
standardising certain aspects of the game. No role is constant so it is
evolving and we will also start moving towards changes.”.
Without doubt, he rates The Oval controversy, when Pakistan forfeited
the final Test against England in a row over alleged ball-tampering, as
the single most difficult case he has handled.
“Before that incident the game had not seen a forfeiture. I was not
the referee but I had to officiate at the hearing and it was the single
most difficult case,” said Madugalle of the incident in August last
The then Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq refused to take the field
after tea on fourth day against England after umpires Darrell Hair of
Australia and West Indian Billy Doctrove charged Pakistan with ball
The Test ended in a forfeit - the first in Test cricket’s 129-year
The ICC conducted an inquiry through Madugalle who cleared Inzamam of
all tampering charges but banned him for four one-day matches for
bringing the game into disrepute.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday