In a troubled week for cricket, the International Cricket Council has come out with some positive news, with the appointment of former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson to the Elite Umpires’ Panel. Watson will replace veteran umpire Aleem Dar, the longest-serving member of the panel, who has been a member since 2004. It is expected Watson will umpire in his first Test Match during the England-Pakistan series in June. ICC chief executive David Richardson hailed Watson’s elevation to the Elite Panel. “Shane will bring a vast wealth of experience to the role of umpire, having not only been a successful international cricketer, but also someone who embraced the technology available to umpires,” Richardson said. It is believed that the ICC, in making the decision, took into account Watson’s high performance in visual acuity tests. A source close to the ICC executive said that one of the difficulties in recruiting top-flight umpires has been finding people with experience at the game’s top level with an interest in umpiring. “Umpiring just isn’t very interesting to most people,” the source said.