Three ICC match officials for BD-WI Tests

The International Cricket Council has decided to send English elite umpire Richard Kettleborough along with two other officials for Bangladesh's upcoming series against West Indies at home, reports Cricbuzz.

ICC introduced neutral umpires many years ago to eliminate possible accusations of home-team bias but following the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent "logistical challenges with international travel", the governing body has decided to temporarily rescinde the rule to allow home umpires and match referees.

Cricbuzz understands the match officials for the game are both Britishers, Henry Charles Ellison and Collin Stewart Tennant, along with Kettleborough.

"We don't have an ICC elite umpire nor is there any emerging umpires so ICC has decided to send an elite umpire to officiate as on-field umpire in the two-match Test series," a BCB official told Cricbuzz. "Along with them, a local umpire is expected to make debut in Test matches," the official added.

The home umpires in Bangladesh are expected to be in-charge during the three-match ODI series. 

The first two ODIs be played in Dhaka on January 20 and 22, while the final game will be played in Chattogram on January 25.

The teams will remain in Chattogram where they play the first Test (February 3-7) before returning to Dhaka for the second Test, beginning February 11.