Cricket Umpires Australia
Sharad Patel Appointed to Supplementary Umpire Panel
New South Wales umpire Sharad Patel has been elevated to the Cricket Australia (CA) Supplementary Umpire Panel (SUP) for season 2022/23.
Patel’s umpiring journey began a decade ago when he joined the New South Wales Cricket Umpires’ and Scorers’ Association (NSWCUSA) and stood in the New South Wales Premier Cricket and Shires competitions. Patel progressed through the grades and made his First-Grade debut in November 2017. The 2017/18 season was a significant year for Patel. In February 2018, he travelled to Hobart on exchange to stand in a Tasmania Premier Cricket First-Grade match at Lindisfarne Oval. Patel finished the season officiating in Premier Cricket Finals and capped the season by taking out the NSWCUSA’s prestigious George Borwick Medal for the first time. The following season, Patel was appointed by CA to officiate in the Under 15 Male National Championships on the Sunshine Coast.
Prior to the 2019/20 season, Patel was appointed to the New South Wales State Umpire Panel and was duly appointed to the CA Under 17 Male National Championships in Mackay, Queensland. Patel was then appointed to the Under 19 Male National Championships in Perth. In the same season, Patel stood in the first of his WBBL and WNCL matches. With the arrival of the global pandemic, opportunities at representative level became limited with the reduction in the amount of cricket being played. However, Patel continued his progression in the 2020/21 season standing in his first Toyota Second XI four-day match and fulfilling his New South Wales Premier Cricket commitments. Patel’s contribution was again recognised by the NSWCUSA when he was awarded the George Borwick Medal for the second time.
Last season, Patel was again appointed to the CA Under 19 Male National Championships in Mackay Queensland where he was appointed to the Final between NSW Metro and Queensland Metro. Off the field, Patel is an active member of the NSWCUSA where he heads up the social committee. Patel joins Steve Dionysius, Claire Polosak, Troy Penman, Eloise Sheridan and David Taylor on the SUP for the 2022/23 season.