Like former spinner Kumar Dharmasena, 50 year old Ranmore Martinesz continued to excel in umpiring and was included in the 14 member Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires for the all-important ICC Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand.
The tournament is set to be held from the 13th of January to the 3rd of February 2018.
The other officiating umpire are Robert Bailey, Gregory Brathwaite, Anil Chaudhary, Nigel Duguid, Shaun George, Shaun Haig, Mark Hawthorne, Ranmore Martinesz, C.K. Nandan, Ahsan Raza, Shozab Raza, Timothy Robert Robinson, Langton Rusere and Paul Wilson.
Moreover, David Odhiambo, Buddhi Pradhan and Ian Ramage from the ICC Development Panel will also be officiating in the tournament.
Jeff Crowe, Devdas Govindjee and David Jukes will officiate as match referees.
Born in Colombo, Ranmore Martinesz attended St Peter’s College and grew up as a fast bowling all rounder for his school team. He was runner-up Best Bowler in 1985.
Martinesz, himself, played for the Sri Lanka U19 team and was selected to play at the U23 level in 1987/88. He represented SSC, Negombo CC and Sebastianites in the Premier tournament but failed to make it to the national side. He retired from the game in 1994.
In four first class games, Martinesz has 98 runs and 4 wickets with a best of 1 for 26.
Martinesz was forced to retire due to a persistent back injury. Therefore, he took up umpiring in 1996. Now, he is one of Sri Lanka’s finest umpire in the international level.
The last three years were massive for Martinesz as he was tested with assignments, especially the game between India and Pakistan in the Euro Asia Cup final in Abu Dhabi.
He made his test debut as an international umpire at Bridgetown in a game between Zimbabwe and the West Indies. However, his first ODI and T20 assignments were in 2010.
In 2016, Martinesz was involved in a controversial incident at Christchurch in a game between New Zealand and Australia. The Aussies appealed for an LBW but Martinesz ruled not out. Steve Smith’s review went against the Aussies and Josh Hazlewood was heard on the stump microphone to say: “Who the f*** is the third umpire?”
The Under 19 World Cup will be a huge step forward in Martinesz’ career as an international umpire.
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