Top cricket umpires in the world

Steve Bucknor
1. 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. .....
Dickie Bird
2. 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. .....
David Shepherd
3. 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. .....
Simon Taufel
4. 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. .....
Aleem Dar
5. 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. .....
Billy Bowden
6. Brent Fraser Bowden or Billy Bowden was born in the year 1963 in Henderson, New Zealand. He has officiated at three ICC World Cup events and was the reserve umpire in the final of both the ICC 2007 and the ICC World T20 2007. His first ODI as an umpire was in 1995 between New Zealand and Sri Lanka and then he made his test debut as an umpire in 2000 between New Zealand and Australia. His career is decorated with 77 ODIs and 184 tests, along with 21 International T20s to go with it. Billy Bowden was drafted into the ICC Elite Umpires Panel in the year 2003. Billy still umpires at current games, and he is best known for the unique and bizarre umpiring signals that he undertakes, especially the dance jig while signaling sixer and his crooked index finger to adjudge a batsman. As a fact, He had the distinction of officiating at two ICC World Cup 2003 matches in which hat tricks were taken. He was presented with the ICC Bronze Bails Award, for officiating at 100 ODIs in 2007. .....
Daryl Harper
7. Daryl John Harper, also known as Daryl Harper, was born in the year 1951 in Australia. He attended Norwood High School before he started as a primary school teacher. He had a brief career as an Australian football referee before an injury forced him to quit. He began his umpiring career in the year 1983 and was the first umpire from Australia to be selected into the Elite Umpires Panel of the ICC on 2002, and continued as an elite umpire till 2011. He was also an International Test umpire between 1998 and 2011. Harper had a brilliant career as an umpire as he officiated at 94 tests and 174 ODIs in total. Later, in the year 2011, ICC announced that Harper was being stood down at the termination of his contract in July 2011. In June 2011, following criticism from India during the India West Indies Test series, Harper retired from umpiring. He was honoured with the ICC Bronze Bails Award for umpiring in 100 ODIs. .....
Rudi Koertzen
8. Rudolf Eric Koertzen, famously known as Rudi Koertzen, was born in Knysna in the Western Cape, South Africa in the year 1949. A cricket enthusiast since his childhood, Koertzen played league cricket while working for South African Railways. For a start, he became an umpire officiating at domestic games in the year 1981. Rudi then broke into the international arena in the year 1992, when he umpired in his first ODI between South Africa and India. During that same tour, he made his test debut, again in a game between South Africa and India. Rudi took the umpiring standards to higher levels and became a full time ICC umpire in the years 1997 and soon became part of the Elite Umpires Panel, as well. He has officiated at 108 tests and 209 ODIs along with 14 T20s in his career. He was also the first umpire to umpire in 200 ODIs. He was awarded the ICC Bronze Bails Award for 100 ODIs, ICC Silver Bails Award for 200 ODIs and ICC Golden Bails Award for 100 Tests. .....
Darrell Hair
9. Darrell Bruce Hair, born on 1952 in Mudgee, New South Wales, is also famously known as Darrell Hair. Hair umpired in his first Test match in January 1992, between Australia and India in Adelaide. In a 1995 match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Melbourne, he no balled Muttiah Muralitharan seven times in three overs for throwing. He had officiated at 78 International tests with 139 ODIs. On the fourth day of the fourth Test between England and Pakistan in 2006 at The Oval, Hair and fellow umpire, Billy Doctrove, ruled that the Pakistani team had been involved in ball tampering. They awarded five penalty runs to England and offered them a replacement ball. In protest, the Pakistani players refused to take the field after the tea break. Later, an ICC board meeting discussed his actions in that Test match and it was decided he should not umpire matches involving the test playing nations. On 22 August 2008, Hair handed in his resignation to the ICC in order to take up a coaching role. .....
Tony Hill
10. Anthony Lloyd Hill, better known as Tony Hill, was born in 1951 in Auckland, New Zealand. His debuted as an umpire in an ODI between New Zealand and Zimbabwe at Napier in March 1998 and he officiated at his first test match in December 2001 between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Hamilton. During his time on the International Umpire Panel, ICC had appointed Hill to matches away from New Zealand as a neutral umpire for supporting the Elite Panel, and particular highlights are, the third test between South Africa and Australia at Johannesburg in March 2006, as well as officiating on field at three Group A matches at the 2007 Cricket World Cup in St. Kitts. He had officiated at 39 International Test matches and 96 ODIs, along with 17 T20 International. Hill was elected in the ICC Elite Panel of umpires in 2009.

Many famous umpires have already retired, and many are in the way of making themselves famous. As of 2014, the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires consists of Richard Illingworth, Bruce Oxenford, Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Ian Gould, Billy Bowden, Marais Erasmus, Rod Tucker, Kumar Dharmasena, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong and Paul Reiffel. The cricket world depends upon them as the spectators are eager to see some best decisions during the adrenaline driven matches. .....

Ian Gould
11. Best known as Gunner by his colleagues and people around him, Ian Gould was born in England in the year 1957. He has gone on to represent England as an international umpire and has been quite successful at the high levels. Gould has also represented the English team that used his services of being a left handed wicket keeper batsman. Interestingly, Ian Gould has had amazing football connections too. He has represented one of Englands best clubs Arsenal as a goalkeeper, which is why he is nicknamed Gunner. His first test as an umpire was in 2008 when he officiated a game between South Africa and Bangladesh. However, he made is umpire debut in ODIs much earlier in 2006 in a game between England and Sri Lanka. Gould has had a good international career as an umpire, standing in 30 tests and 73 ODIs so far. However, he was much talked about in his early days when he wrongly gave Sachin out on 99 at the Rose Bowl in 2007 in a game between India and England. But all that played down, and Gould has crafted a decent career till today. .....
Kumar Dharmasena
12. He was part of Sri Lankas national team for over a decade. He was a member of Sri Lankas ICC CWC 1996 winning team. He retired from competitive cricket in 2006 to pursue a career in umpiring. He was Sri Lankas youngest ever international umpire on his debut in an ODI in 2009. He also officiated in the ICC CWC 2011. The all rounder is also qualified to be a coach. In May 2011 he was selected for the Elite Umpires Panel .....
Steve Davis
13. Played grade cricket for West Torrens CC in Adelaide. He made his ODI debut as an umpire in 1992. Has officiated at ICC CWC 2007 and 2011, ICC U19 CWC 2006 and 2008, ICC World T20 2007 and ICC Womens World Cup 2009. When not umpiring, he works as a human resource consultant. .....
Marais Erasmus
14. Played in 53 first class games between 1988 1996 in South Africa. He was inducted into the ICCs Emirates International Panel of Umpires in August 2008 and was promoted to the ICC Emirates Elite Umpire Panel in 2010. His T20I debut as an umpire was in 2006. Served as an umpire in the ICC WT20 2009 and 2010, as well as ICC CWC 2011. .....
Richard Illingworth
15. He has played domestic cricket for Worcestershire, Derbyshire and Natal. He was appointed to the ECB full list of first class umpires for the 2006 English cricket season. He was promoted to the ICC International list on November 2009. Appointed to the ICC Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires in 2013. .....
Richard Kettleborough
16. He is a former first class cricketer who played 33 matches for Yorkshire and Middlesex. He was a left handed opener making seven half centuries and one century. The ECB added him to their list of umpires in 2006. He was one of the umpires at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 In May 2011 he was selected for the Elite Umpires Panel. .....
Nigel Llong
17. He was a left hand batsman and off spinner with Kent during the 1990s. He started umpiring in 2000, joining the English first class panel in 2002. He stood in the first Twenty20 international in England in 2005. He was inducted into the ICCs Emirates International Panel of Umpires in 2006. He officiated at the ICC CWC 2011. .....
Bruce Oxenford
18. He played eight first class matches for Queensland from 1991 1993 as a lower order right hand batsman and leg break and googly bowler. Became a first class umpire in November 2001. Was inducted into the ICCs Emirates International Panel of Umpires in 2007 08. Appointed to the ICC Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires in 2012. .....
Paul Reiffel
19. Born: Box Hill, Victoria, Australia He was part of Australias victorious 1999 World Cup team. He made his first class umpiring debut in the 2004 2005 season after first umpiring in Melbourne grade cricket in 2002. He joined the Cricket Australia National Umpires Panel in the 2005 2006 season. He made his international umpiring debut in a ODI on February 2009. .....
Rod Tucker
20. He has played domestic cricket for New South Wales and Tasmania. After his playing career ended, he turned to umpiring and was promoted to the ICCs Emirates International Panel of Umpires in 2010. He made his ODI and T20I debut in 2009 in the series between Australia and South Africa played in Australia. Umpired at the ICC WT20 2009 and 2010, as well as ICC CWC 2011. .....
Srinivas Venkatraghavan
21. A champion off spinner in his heydays, Venkat, as he was fondly called, went on to become an established cricket umpire after his playing days. Venkats claim to fame was his quick decision making and an analytical mind. A bowler of repute himself, he translated it while making his calls.

A relatively latecomer into the field, Venkat stood in his first match, an India v England ODI in 1993, Venkat was a part of the Elite panel right until his retirement in 2004. A part of the famous spin quartet in the 1970s, Venkat, sadly has been the only Indian to be recognized worldwide as an efficient umpire. For his services to the game, Venkatraghavan was conferred with the Padma Shri award in 2003. .....

Badami Satyaji Rao
22. He was born in Bangalore. He was an umpire in first class cricket from 1956 to 1981. He umpired the final of the Ranji Trophy the four times 1963 4, 1966 7, 1970 1, 1975 6 and also the finals of the Duleep Trophy four times 1964 65, and three years running, 1971 2, 1972 3, and 1973 4.He stood in 17 Test matches between 1960 and 1979, setting an Indian record subsequently equaled by Swaroop Kishen in 1984 and then surpassed by VK Ramaswamy 26 matches between 1985 and 1999 and Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan 73 matches between 1993 and 2004. All of the Test matches he umpired were played in India.

He first stood as a Test umpire in the 3rd Test between India and Pakistan at Eden Gardens in Calcutta in December 1960, with Santosh Ganguli. His last Test as an umpire was the 6th Test between India and West Indies at Modi Stadium in Kanpur in February 1979, with P. R. Punjabi. .....

Narayan Sane
23. Narayan Sane 4 February 1909 10 April 2002 was an Indian cricket umpire. He stood in two Test matches in 1960.Sane was also a first class cricketer. He made one appearance for Maharashtra the played seven matches for the Central Provinces and Berar cricket team. .....
Javed Akhtar
24. Javed Akhtar born November 21, 1940 in Delhi, India is a former Pakistani cricketer who played in one Test in 1962. An off spinner, he had success at first class level, taking his wickets at an average of 18.17, but struggled in his only Test, failing to take a wicket.He later became an umpire, standing in 18 Tests and 40 ODIs from 1980 to 1999. .....
Brian Aldridge
25. Brian Leslie Aldridge QSM born 30 June 1940 in Christchurch, New Zealand is a retired professional cricket player and professional cricket umpire, and the National Umpiring Manager for New Zealand cricket. He was one of the umpires in the 1992 Cricket World Cup final between England and Pakistan.Aldridge was awarded the Queens Service Medal in the 2012 New Year Honours, for services to cricket administration.He stood in 26 Test matches and 45 ODI games between 1986 and 1995. .....
George Allsop
26. George Allsop 4 January 1864 27 March 1927 played first class cricket for Transvaal between 1890 91 and 1897 98, and also stood as an umpire in one cricket Test match in 1895 96.He was born at Houghton, Hampshire, England and died at Johannesburg, South Africa. .....
Amiesh Saheba
27. Amiesh Maheshbhai Saheba born 15 November 1959 in Ahmedabad is an Indian cricket umpire and former cricketer. He played as a batsman for Gujarat.He stood in his first Test match as an umpire on 12 Dec 2008. He has officiated in 51 One Day Internationals, 4 Twenty20s and 3 Test Matches. .....
Herbert Baldwin
28. Herbert George Baldwin was a cricketer and test match umpire.Born in 1893 in Hampshire, Baldwin played 33 games for Surrey as a right handed batsman and occasional leg break bowler with modest returns, although he was a noted fielder in the covers.He umpired in first class cricket for nearly three decades, including nine Tests after the war up until 1953. He called 19 no balls in 3 overs in Australias match against Worcestershire in 1938 when fast bowler Ernie McCormick lost his run up. .....
S R Bose
29. S. R. Bose born 1 November 1930 is a former Indian cricket umpire. He stood in one Test match, India vs. Pakistan, in 1983 and two ODI games between 1983 and 1984. .....
Noshirvan Nagarwala
30. Noshirvan Nagarwala 10 October 1909 10 September 1998 was an Indian cricket umpire. He stood in five Test matches between 1952 and 1960.In the 1930s, Nagarwala appeared in 11 first class matches as a player, with Maharashtra, Parsees and Dr HD Kangas Parsees XI. .....
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Printing and Photocopying. If allowed, print and photocopy on both sides of the paper. I hate it when I get a test at school that has just one side printed on. Save a few trees, print on both sides. .....
Most Photogenic and breathtaking places in the world
Mount Ararat eruption. Mount Ararat is a snow-capped dormant volcanic cone in Turkey. It has two peaks: Greater Ararat (the highest peak in Turkey and the entire Armenian plateau with an elevation of 5137 m or 16854 ft) and Lesser Ararat (with an elevation of 3896 m or 12 .....
Tatoo Designs
Key. A key tattoo is a symbol of high importance. They say that when one door closes, another one opens and key tattoos are a visual reminder of that door opening. The key could represent happiness from sadness, hope from despair, and many other aspects. .....
Dreams That Forever Changed Society
Frankenstein. What would the literary world be without Frankenstein? Author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley dreamt up the idea for Frankenstein after Lord Byron (a fellow poet she was visiting) challenged his guests to write a ghost story. She dreamt of the moment whe .....
Benefits of Brussel
Studies Done on Brussels Sprouts. Research in the Netherlands resulted in the report of Brussels sprouts possible ability to fight cancer1 and other diseases by helping the body detoxify. Eating them boosts the body s natural defense systems and promotes healthy DNA, which can be da .....
Cool Things You Might Want To Own This Winter
Puzzle. Solving a jigsaw puzzle is another great way to spend winter nights. Build this amazing image of the iconic German Neuschwanstein Castle. Measuring 38.5 inch x 29.5 inch, this 3,000piece Ravensburger puzzle will certainly keep you entertained and rel .....
Learn to Swim
Tread water. Treading water can help you catch your breath and keep your head up without actually swimming. For treading, do the eggbeater kick, and use your hands to keep your balance by "sculling" - keep your forearms flat on the surface of the water, and imagi .....
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Keeping Motivated Motivation tip. Although older people tend to get exhausted more quickly by physical tasks than people in their 20s and 30s, researchers have found that older people who exercise regularly increase their fitness levels more quickly than younger co-exercisers. .....
Precautions while using Cathode Ray Oscilloscope
Use of the ac dc function. A general waveform may contain both an AC and DC component the latter will appear as an offset of the AC waveform away from 0 V .When set to DC the oscilloscope displays all of the waveform DC and AC but in the AC setting the DC component is filte .....
Benefits of Curry Leaves
Reduces congestion in the chest and nose. If you suffer from a wet cough, sinusitis or chest congestion, kadi patta is a very effective home remedy to relieve the symptoms. Packed with vitamin C, A and compounds such as kaempferol that is a very potent anti inflammatory, anti bacterial, anti .....
Pregnancy Health Care
Travel guidelines during pregnancy. a) Travel should be avoided during the first trimester as there are chances of a miscarriage or other complications.b) Travel in the second and third trimester is safe up to 30-32 weeks.c) Travel after 32-33 weeks becomes dangerous as there might be .....
Daily Health Tips
Selenium the Stamina Mineral. The mineral selenium creates stamina. Selenium and vitamin E are synergistic and the two together are stronger than the sum of the equal parts. Selenium slows down ageing and hardening of tissues through oxidation. Males seem to have a greater need f .....
Importants Dates Of Indian History
1998 Formation of the Task Force. This was the first step in Indias IT revolution. The Government of India formed the National IT Task Force in 1998. .....
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Invest in a Mans Watch. We cant all afford theRolex SubmarinerorCartier Tank, but there are myriad reputable timepieces out there that are classic and refined without being too expensive.Movado,Tissot,TudorandShinolaare just a few to get you started. Watches are a symbol of .....
Social Media Networking Sites
Vine. Vine is mobile video sharing app owned by Twitter. One of the most convenient things about Vine is that its videos can be directly embedded inline on Twitter when shared through a tweet or even embedded on a website. Videos play on autoloop and are .....
What to Eat in Andhra Pradesh
Beerakaya Pachadi. Did you know that you can make yummy chutney out of ridge gourd skin? This is something only a Telugu grandmother can think of. While the gourd, cut into small cubes is saut .....
Valentines Day Date Night Ideas
Play Truth or Dare. Begin with each of you writing out five dares anything from trying on a sexy outfit to something naughty like stripping on separate pieces of paper. Place them in a bowl. Now take turns asking each other naughty questions such as, Whats the sexie .....
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