Top Cricket Umpires in the world
Top Cricket Umpires in the world
1. Steve Bucknor
Stephen Anthony Bucknor, famously known as Steve Bucknor, was one of the most experienced umpires who was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in 1946. Before he started his umpiring career, he was a high school mathematics teacher and sports coach. Bucknor was initially a football referee before he moved to cricket at the age of 45. His first test match as an umpire was in the year 1989 in a test between West Indies and India. He also officiated at his first ODI in that same year between West Indies and India. Steve Bucknor has an outstanding number of 128 test matches and 181 ODIs under his belt. In October 2007, he was awarded the Order of Jamaica, Commander Class, for outstanding services in the field of sports. Bucknor has also received the ICCs Bronze Bails Awards for umpiring in 100 ODIs, as well as the Golden Bails Award for umpiring in 100 Test matches. This well known umpire announced his retirement in 2009.
2. Dickie Bird
Harold Dennis Bird, better known as Dickie Bird, was born on April 19, 1933 in Yorkshire. He was a school dropout and worked in a coal mine in his early days. Dickies first passion was football, which he had to stop playing after suffering an injury. He then took to cricket and started playing county cricket in his early career in Barnsley. Later, he was signed up with his home county, Yorkshire. Dickie Bird first officiated at a test match between England and New Zealand in Yorkshire. He continued as an umpire for three World Cup finals in 1975, 1979 and 1983. He has umpired in 69 One Day Internationals. He received the Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2012 for his contributions to cricket. He was given a guard of honor by the Indian and English players in his last test match in 1996. Later, Yorkshire announced that Bird is to be voted in as the clubs president at their Annual General Meeting on 29 March, 2014.
3. David Shepherd
David Shepherd was born in Bideford in Devon on December 27, 1940. He started his career as a first class cricketer who played county cricket for Gloucestershire for 14 years as a middle order batsman. Following his county career, Shepherd qualified for umpiring in 1981 and made a debut as an umpire in the 1983 World Cup in England, when Pakistan played Sri Lanka at Swansea. His debut test as an umpire was in the 1985 Ashes Series, the fourth Test at Old Trafford, Manchester. An interesting fact about David Shepherd was, he always raised his leg whenever any score would reach 111. He stood in 92 Test matches, the last of them in June 2005, and the most for any English umpire. He also umpired in 172 ODIs, including three consecutive World Cup finals in 1996, 1999 and 2003.David married his longtime girlfriend in 2008. However, a year later he expired due to lung cancer.
4. Simon Taufel
Simon James Arthur Taufel or Simon Taufel was born on 21 January 1971 in St Leonards, New South Wales. Before starting his umpiring journey, Taufel played as a fast medium bowler for Cammeray Cricket Club in the Northern Suburbs Cricket Association. After the 1990 91 season, he won the clubs best and fairest player award, as he was the leading wicket taker and had the lowest bowling average in the association. His bowling career was cut short by a back injury. Taufel made his international debut in the year 1999 in an ODI between Australia and Sri Lanka. He then went on to make his test debut in the year 2000 between Australia and West Indies. People started considering him as one of the best umpires of all time after he was bestowed upon with five consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year Awards between 2004 and 2008. Taufel has umpired in 74 tests, 174 ODIs and 34 T20s. After the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 final, he announced his retirement from international cricket and took the role as an Umpire Performance and Training Manager.
5. Aleem Dar
Aleem Sarwar Dar, mostly known as Aleem Dar, was born in the year 1968 in Pakistan. Before he started his career as an umpire, he was a Pakistani first class cricketer, and he had played for Allied Bank, Gujranwala Cricket Association, Lahore, and Pakistan Railways as a right handed batsman and a leg break bowler. He began his journey as an international umpire at the age of just 30 when he debuted in a match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2000. Two years later, he was selected into ICCs elite panel of umpires. He won three consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and also awarded Pride of Performance Award Pakistan. Aleem Dar had a brilliant World Cup 2011 as he gave 15 consecutive correct decisions that won a battle against DRS challenges. Aleem Dar has officiated at 87 test matches and 159 ODIs till his retirement.
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