Dubai, Sep 21: International Cricket Council conducted its annual three-day Elite Panel Conference from September 17 to 19, which was attended by members of the Emirates Elite Panels of Match Referees and ICC Umpires, members of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires as well as its umpire coaches.
The workshop conducted at the ICC Headquarters and the adjacent ICC Academy gave the officials an opportunity to discuss various aspects of the game's conduct, share their experiences, engage in group discussions as well as to go through simulation exercises.
The topics discussed at the workshop included, among other items, the front-foot No-ball trial during the recent England-Pakistan ODI series, learnings from the ICC World Twenty20 2016 in India and the new regulations which come into effect from September 22.
ICC General Manager- Cricket, Geoff Allardice said the seminar was important because it was not easy to get so many officials together.
"It gives us a chance to get the umpires and referees together - twice a year - once around an ICC event, the other time in September, to go over changes to playing conditions, regulations and focus on areas for improvement," Allardice said.
ICC Match Referee Javagal Srinath said it was an opportunity for officials to discuss many aspects.
"This seminar has high significance, enhancement of our own performance can happen through discussions and finding solutions. All these things can only lead towards one way - the development of the game," he said.
"This is a collective learning, expectations are set, minimum standards are described, when you get together, amended laws come into play, overall learn a lot and share a lot."