Former Punjab left-arm spinner Navdeep Singh has moved a step closer to being nominated on the ICC Panel of Umpires,having been named as the fourth umpire for an ODI between India and Australia at Pune this month.Navdeep,who played for close to a decade for Punjab and took 144 wickets in 44 first-class games,will become the fourth umpire from Punjab to be a part of international cricket after Jasbir Singh,Dr Manjit Singh Mahal and the late Prof R C Sharma. Navdeep,39,who has was member of the Duleep Trophy-winning North Zone team in ’99 is an employee with AG Punjab in Chandigarh and has been a consistent umpire at the domestic level since 2008.A resident of Mohali,Navdeep is looking forward to this next phase of his cricketing journey. He said,”It is tough to be an umpire during matches. One has to be on the toes all the time and make sure that all decisions are error-free. I enjoy being on other side of the game. It would be nice to broaden the horizon and officiate during international matches. I am excited to do this job in the upcoming ODI match in Pune.” If Navdeep does well in the chances given to him,he could move up the ladder and if he is one of the four names given to ICC,he can then become the third umpire as well.
Written by Express News Service | Chandigrah | Published: October 3, 2013 1:48:22 am