Ranjan Madugalle became the first match referee to serve as a referee in 200 test matches on Sunday.
Former Sri Lankan cricketer Madugalle reached this milestone in his first tests in Galle, Sri Lanka and West Indies. He was first appointed as a referee for the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1993. He is a frequent visitor to all major ICC events and has served as referee for four ICC Men’s World Cups (1999, 2003, 2015 and 2019), three ICC championship trophies (2004, 2006 and 2013) and four ICC Men’s T20 World Cups (2007, 2010, 2016 and 2021).
The International Criminal Court congratulated him on this milestone.
Adrian Griffith, Senior Manager of ICC Referees and Referees, said: “Ranjan has been a great asset for many years and an important source of inspiration for others. We have benefited from his experience and professional ethics as someone you can seek for guidance. I On behalf of ICC, I would like to thank Ranjan for serving the game over the years and congratulate him on his wonderful career. We hope to continue to benefit from his expertise in the coming years.”
ICC Elite Group Referee Jeff Crowe said: “It’s difficult to just think of 200 test matches played in your name, let alone on duty for more than 40 years. It’s amazing to be on duty. His statistics reflect his passion for cricket. Ranjan is a five-star general in serving the game. On behalf of all referees and referees in the ICC team, I congratulate Ranjan on reaching the milestone and wish him more .”
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Ranjan Madugalle said: “It’s an honor and honor to be able to host my 200th test match, because it’s not a milestone I’ve never imagined to reach. Although it took a long time, it seems that I served as For this role, because I enjoy every point of the journey. This is obviously part of the dream, while keeping in touch with colleagues from all over the world, I continue to participate in the game enthusiastically and play my role.
“This enthusiasm obviously comes from my time as a player. I am very fortunate to be able to maintain such close contact with the game. I thank the International Cricket Council, Sri Lanka Cricket and all my colleagues for all their help over the years. I also I want to thank my family and friends. Without their support, I would not have been where I am today.”