Cricket Umpires Australia


CA names unchanged National Umpire Panel for 2016-17

17 May 2016

NUP announcement

Cricket Australia (CA) today announced the 2016-17 National Umpire Panel, that will officiate in all Australian domestic matches for the upcoming season.

It remains unchanged from the previous season which hosted a number of milestones, including the international Test debut for Simon Fry last October between Sri Lanka and the West Indies. Fry’s strong season culminated in receiving an invitation to the ICC World T20 in India earlier this year.

The 2016-17 National Umpire Panel is:

Gerard Abood   NSW   
Ashley Barrow   VIC      
Shawn Craig  VIC     
Gregory Davidson  NSW   
Simon Fry  SA  (1 Test, 25 ODIs, 11 T20Is)  
Phillip Gillespie  VIC     
Michael Graham-Smith  TAS      
Geoffrey Joshua  VIC      
Michael Martell  WA  (4 ODIs, 2 T20Is)  
Samuel Nogajski  TAS   
John Ward  VIC  (7 ODIs, 8 T20Is)  
Paul Wilson  NSW  (4 ODIs, 4 T20Is)  

CA Match Officials Manager Sean Easey said this unchanged 12-umpire panel reflects the high standard of umpiring in Australia.

“Our 2016-17 National Umpire Panel remains unchanged after a series of strong performances last season, including a number of opportunities for our umpires to step up on the world stage.

“Australian cricket has a proud history of producing and developing umpires to progress to international honours, including most recently Simon Fry who made his Test debut last October to become Test Umpire 481.

“This season’s National Panel and Development Umpire Panel demonstrate the strong depth of umpiring talent across Australia who contribute to making our elite domestic competitions world-class,” Easey said.

The National Umpire Panel will be primarily responsible for umpiring matches in the Sheffield Shield, Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, and KFC BBL competitions. These individuals are CA’s professional umpires.

CA also announced today that six umpires would be invited to join the 2016-17 Development Umpire Panel, that will be primarily responsible for umpiring matches in the Women’s Big Bash League, WNCL and Toyota Futures League competitions. This has been expanded from a five-person panel in 2015-16 to six members for the upcoming season.

Development Umpire Panel Members for 2016-17:

Donovan Koch


Simon Lightbody  NSW 
Damien Mealey  QLD 
Claire Polosak  NSW 
David Shepard  VIC 
Anthony Wilds  NSW

Easey said: “These emerging umpires have been identified as potential National Umpire Panel members for future seasons, with Claire Polosak already becoming the first Australian female umpire selected in the ICC Women’s World T20 earlier this year in India.

“They have a wonderful opportunity to learn and officiate alongside our National Panel and we wish them all the best for the season ahead,” Easey said.

CA’s National Umpire Panel and Development Umpire Panel members are selected by the Umpire High Performance Panel whose members are Steve Bernard, Daryl Harper, Peter Marshall, Bob Stratford, David Talalla and CA’s Match Officials Manager Sean Easey.

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