GALLE: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday congratulated former Sri Lanka cricketer Ranjan Madugalle on becoming the first Match Referee to officiate in 200 Test matches. Madugalle, who also serves as the Chief Referee of the Elite Panel of Match Referees, reached the landmark in the ongoing first Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Galle. To mark the achievement, Madugalle was presented with mementos on behalf of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the ICC by SLC Vice President Dr Jayantha Dharmadasa and SLC CEO Ashley de Silva, respectively. Apart from officiating in 200 men's Test matches, Madugalle has officiated in 369 men's ODIs and 125 men's T20Is. He has also served as the match referee in 14 women's ODIs and eight women's T20Is.
Commenting on reaching the landmark, Madugalle said in a statement, "It is an honour and a privilege to be officiating in my 200th Test match, for it is not a milestone I had never imagined I would reach. Whilst it has taken a long time, it seems just the other day that I had taken on this role, because I have enjoyed every bit of the journey. This is obviously what dreams are made of and I continue to be passionately involved with the game and in my role while liaising with my colleagues from the world over." IANS