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Roshan Mahanama to step down from ICC match Referee’s position

Roshan Mahanama

Dubai: The ICC today announced that former Sri Lanka batsman Roshan Mahanama will step down from the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees at the end of the year.

Mahanama joined the elite panel in 2004 and has refereed in 58 Tests, 222 ODIs and 35 T20Is to date, including refereeing in three ICC Cricket World Cups and the ICC Champions Trophy 2009.

He has made the decision to step down six months ahead of the expiry of his contract so that he can spend more time with his family and also focus on the development of his business activities in Sri Lanka.

“This has been an extremely difficult decision as I am very passionate about cricket, which has been an integral part of my life for over 40 years as a cricketer, coach and ICC match referee,” said the 49-year-old Mahanama.

He continued:”However, in life a time comes when one has to keep moving forward based on obligations and priorities. My time has come to devote an uninterrupted focus and attention to my family, who made massive sacrifices over the years to enable me to pursue my career for over three decades.

“The journey for almost 12 years as an ICC match referee has been amazing and something for me to reflect upon with pride and satisfaction. I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with some outstanding professionals, refereed at some great matches and visited some incredible places along the way,” Mahanama was quoted as saying in an ICC media release.

“I would like to thank the ICC and Sri Lanka Cricket for affording me the opportunity to be involved in almost 600 internationals of the game I so passionately love! I can never forget to record my appreciation of the support and assistance offered to me by all my former and current colleagues.

“A big bouquet to all the ICC staff and Members for the kind courtesies extended. It has been nothing less than a privilege and a pleasure to work with such a wonderful group of human beings over the years.”

“We acknowledge that under Prime Minister Modi, India’s civilisational contributions of yoga, spirituality, religious pluralism, art, and music are enjoying renewed patronage and public acceptance globally,” the signatories added.

Praising the ‘Clean India’ campaign, they said that as educators, they recognise that India is home to the largest youth population in the world, and success in improving basic facilities at over 400,000 government schools this past year, inspires confidence in Modi’s commitment to education.

“We believe that partnerships in Silicon Valley and knowledge exchange with the American academy have the potential to offer solutions in educational entrepreneurship necessary to reach and inspire those 356 million young Indians and prepare them for the 21st century,” they said.

Joining several prominent professors of engineering schools, having membership in prestigious societies such as the National Academy of Engineering, Executive Director of the American Society of Engineering Education Dr Norman Fortenberry provided a welcome letter on behalf of the society of over 12,000 engineers and 400 engineering institutions.

“We express our hope that your visit will further provide opportunities to enhance partnerships between ASEE member institutions in the US and Indian engineering and technological institutions, which will result in the engineering and technological skills development of the youth of India,” Fortenberry wrote.

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