The two on-field umpires are important participants of all matches in the various competitions run by Cricket Finland. Knowledge of the Laws of Cricket and the substantial modifications to them in the domestic Playing Conditions make umpires encyclopaedic masters of the match events.
The umpiring pathway does not end with domestic cricket. Bi- and multilateral T20I series in Finland and abroad are stepping stones for competent and committed umpires to gain international experience, and the diversification of the international umpiring pool is an objective of our international advocacy work.
Through our lasting commitment to umpire development and the hard individual work of two Finnish umpires spanning over half a decade, Srinidhi Ravindra and Sriharsha Kuchimanchi were invited to officiate matches in the Sub-regional Qualifiers of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup we hosted in 2022.
Umpires are organised in panels that are used as resource pools for assigning officials to competitions organised by Cricket Finland. In addition to the panels, all league-playing member clubs are assigned a number of matches to officiate in the course of the season and the club is responsible for providing two umpires with knowledge of the applicable Playing Conditions and other rules.
Emerging umpires have indicated that they want to dedicate more time to umpiring and are interested in developing their abilities through education and by officiating with experienced umpires.
Umpires in the Advanced Panel have acquired formal training by attending basic umpiring courses and their performance has been observed by experienced umpires in on-field (umpiring together) or boundary (experienced umpire observes) assessments.
Elite Panel umpires have gained substantial experience in domestic matches and have already officiated international matches. Umpires in the Elite Panel are required to contribute to the overall development of the federation by acting as tutors or mentors to Emerging umpires or by participation in the emerging forms of the game.