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Shawn Craig makes men's T20 International debut on MCG

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Cricket Australia (CA) National Umpire Panel (NUP) member Shawn Craig steps out for his T20 International Debut in the third Series Match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the MCG.

Craig is a former First-Class cricketer who played 20 First-Class and 20 Domestic One-Day matches for Victoria. In 2010/11 Craig commenced his umpiring journey in the Victorian Premier Cricket ranks. He was appointed to the Second XI Grand Final in his first season and made his First XI umpiring debut the following year.

In the 2012/13 season, Craig entered the Australian umpiring pathway on the “Project Panel” and was appointed to the CA Under 19 Male National Championships in Adelaide. He returned to the CA Under 19 Championships the following year in Hobart. In the same season, Craig stood in his first Women’s One Day International and T20 International when Australia hosted England. He has stood in a total of seven Women’s ODIs and 10 Women’s T20 Internationals.

Craig was elevated to the Cricket Australia National Umpire Panel in 2014/15 and soon after made his List A Debut in the match between New South Wales and Western Australia in October 2014. Later that month, Craig’s First-Class debut came in the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and Queensland at the Adelaide Oval. Since joining the National Umpire Panel in 2014, Craig has officiated in 28 First-Class and 18 List-A matches.

In the shortest format, Craig has stood in a total of 37 BBL matches since debuting in December 2014. Among the highlights, Craig was appointed to the Final of the 2017/18 tournament between the Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes at the Adelaide Oval.

Among his First-Class matches, five have been umpired overseas. Craig has participated in the Cricket Australia Umpire Exchange program for the past three years running. In 2016/17, he travelled to New Zealand, in 2017/18 to South Africa and last season to India.

Last Season, Craig was awarded the inaugural Ray Isherwood Representative Umpire Award from the Victorian Umpire & Scorers Association (VCAUSA). This award is presented to the best Victorian Representative umpire of the Year At the beginning of this season, Craig was elevated to the International Cricket Council (ICC) International Panel of umpires.

Australia v Sri Lanka 3rd T20 International

  • Umpires – Shawn Craig and Paul Wilson
  • Third: Gerard Abood
  • Fourth: Phil Gillespie
  • Match Referee: Javagal Srinath