Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world. The game has a large following. At different times there have been umpires that have managed to stand out for their impeccable cricket judgment and their popularity amongst the playing community. Some of these umpires like Billy Bowden, Aleem Dar, and Kumar Dharmasena are from cricket-playing countries. Others have made their name over the years by sheer brilliance in umpiring. This blog will look at some of the most popular Cricket Umpires in the World.
Cricket is a game that is full of emotion, passion, and excitement. The umpires are no different from the players and they play an important role in ensuring that this happens. Umpires are always under pressure and there have been many instances where they have been criticized by players because they didn’t do their job properly. However, it’s important to note that umpires can make mistakes too!
Cricket is the most popular game in the world. Cricket umpires are the ones who control the game and the emotions of the players. But who are these umpires? We have looked at the 6 most famous cricket umpires in the world as per the cricket new update:
Billy Bowden was born in New Zealand but now lives in England. Bowden is known for his flamboyant and eccentric style of umpiring. He has been a popular figure in cricket since he first started officiating at an international level back in 1992 (though he retired from international cricket after being dropped from the ICC Elite Panel).
Ian Gould is a former English cricketer who played first-class cricket between 1991 and 2004. He was born in Ashford, Kent on 11 December 1972 and played for Kent County Cricket Club, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, and Middlesex County Cricket Club as well as playing one List A match for England Under-19s against Australia A at Lord’s in 1993.
Gould was a right-handed batsman and an occasional wicketkeeper. He scored 1,568 runs with the highest score of 112 not out against Surrey in the 1999–2000 season which included two half-centuries (69 & 82). His highest score came when he scored 164 not out against Worcestershire during his final season at the club where he finished second top run scorer behind Mark Ramprakash with 715 runs at an average of 22.
Aleem Dar is a Pakistani umpire who has been part of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires since 2004. He was born in Lahore, Pakistan on May 14, 1971, and made his debut in international cricket during the 1998-99 South Africa tour when he officiated in four Tests against Australia.
He has officiated at two World Cup tournaments—the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup—and also umpired 27 ODIs (including three WT20Is), 176 Test matches, and over 130 T20I matches so far.
Asad Rauf is a Pakistani cricket umpire. He is the first ICC Elite Panel umpire from Pakistan.
He made his debut in international cricket during the 2005-06 India tour when he officiated in three Tests against New Zealand. In 2009, Asad Rauf was banned for two years by ICC for being involved in a spot-fixing scandal with former Pakistani fast bowler Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif. He was also charged with breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct and violating the provisions of Article 2.1.
Rauf was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and has officiated in Test matches since 2005 and One Day Internationals since 2004.
Kumar Dharmasena is a Sri Lankan umpire who was born on 7 May 1977. He made his international debut in 2008 and has since become the most senior Sri Lankan umpire in cricket.
Dharmasena has officiated at numerous international tournaments including the 2011 World Cup, 2012 ICC World Twenty20, 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, and 2015 Asia Cup among others. In addition to his duties as an umpire, he works as a match referee for domestic competitions such as Premier League or National Provincial Cricket Championship matches between two domestic sides.
He is also part of the elite panel of ICC Elite Panel of Umpires along with Australians Rod Marsh and Billy Doctrove; South Africans Richard Kettleborough and Ian Gould; West Indian Winston Benjamin; Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan etc.
Srinivas Venkatraghavan has the honour of being the first Indian umpire to officiate in a Test match. He was appointed as an umpire for his country’s debut test against Sri Lanka in 1996, which India won by five wickets. He also officiated in one-day internationals (ODIs). Venkatraghavan retired from cricket after the conclusion of the 2007 ICC Intercontinental Cup final between Canada and Kenya but returned to umpiring soon after.
Simon Taufel was born in Sydney, Australia. He has umpired in 4 World Cups and 3 ICC World Twenty20s and is a member of the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires.
He has umpired in more than 100 Test matches, including 9 at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. He is also a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and has officiated in more than 250 ODIs since 2001. Taufel made his international debut in an ODI between Australia and Pakistan in Adelaide on 14 January 1997. He was also one of two Australian umpires who officiated in the 2003 World Cup Final between India.
Taufels’ list of Test matches includes over 100 Test matches since starting his career as an umpire in 2004.
If you’re looking to get into umpiring, there are a few names that stand out as the most popular. Most of them come from Australia and New Zealand, but some also hail from England, South Africa, and Pakistan.
Their careers span nearly four decades (from 1970-present), so they’ve been around long enough to see changes in their sport—and these changes have made them even more valuable than ever before.
We hope you enjoyed reading about the top cricket umpires in the world. We wish these people all the best in their careers and hope that they will continue to enjoy success as they do what they love to do!
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