Top 10 Best Cricket Umpires in the World

Cricket without umpire is next to impossible. Though it may be possible in future but if one want to watch a fair game , then presence of best umpires is must . The list of best Cricket umpires in the world are listed below:

10. Anthony Lloyd Hill

Anthony Lloyd Hill Top 10 Best Cricket Umpires in the World

Anthony Lloyd Hill is an International umpire from New Zealand also known as Tommy Hill. Getting into his officiating profile he officiate into 31 tests from 2001 and current session , 94 One Day Internationals from 1998 to the current session and 17  T-20 cricket matches on International basis.  He is currently a member of ICC members as Elite Panel since 2009.

9. Ian Gould

Ian Gould Top 10 Best Cricket Umpires in the World

Ian Gould  is an International umpire from England also known as Gunner. He was born in the year 1957 . Earlier he was a player of England team with a left hand side batting style and a wicket keeper also. Getting into his officiating profile he had officiate into 30 tests from 2008 and current session , 73 One Day Internationals from 2006 to the current session and 15  T-20 cricket matches  from 2006  and current session on International basis. He is also the member of Elite Panel of ICC since 2009. Not only as cricket umpires also he is known for English football club (Burnham) chairman.

8. Daryl Harper

Daryl Harper Top 10 Best Cricket Umpires in the World

Daryl Harper  is an International umpire from Australia . His complete full name is Daryl John Harper . He was born in the year 1951 . He start the umpiring profession since 1983 . He was the first umpire from Australia to be promoted as a Elite Panel member of ICC. Since 2002 he was one of the best and successful umpires from Australians side but in 2009 , after the arrival of UDRS system and rules , he  comes down as he was not able to take decisions precisely. After back to back wrong decision in the matches , he was forced for the retirement by various countries and the he announced his retirement in 2011 from all the formats of game. Getting into his officiating profile he had officiate into 94 tests from 1998 to 2011 , 174 One Day Internationals from 1994 to the 2011 and 10  T-20 cricket matches  from 2007 to 2009 on International basis.

7. Rudolf Eric Koertzen

Rudolf Eric Koertzen Top 10 Best Cricket Umpires in the World

Rudolf Eric Koertzen is also known as Rudi Koertzen. Rudolf Eric Koertzen  is an International umpire from South Africa. He was born in the year 1949 . He start the umpiring profession since 1992. He was also a third umpire after the arrival of Replay systems in case of any run- out and stumping decisions. He was famous for his slow motion rising of index finger. He was better known for his honesty when he refused to take the money offer by the bookies for giving wrong decisions in a match. He was officiated as the third umpire in the match of India and Australia. Getting into his officiating profile he had officiated into 108 test matches( third highest matches umpired) from 1992 to current session , 206 One Day Internationals (record of highest matches) from 1992 to the current session and 14  T-20 cricket matches  from 2007 to current session on International basis.

6. Billy Bowden

Billy Bowden Top 10 Best Cricket Umpires in the World

His complete name is Brent Fraser Bowden and popularly known as Billy Bowden. He was born in the year 1963. Billy Bowden is an International umpire from New Zealand side. He became one of the popular umpires from the last five years. He became popular because of his style of umpiring ie double crooked finger for declaring a six (raising upwards in three slots slowly ) and for a four , it is of style ‘crumb sweeping’ of arm. He start the umpiring profession since 1995. He was promoted to the Emirates Panel of International umpires in 2002 and then after good and precise performance promoted to Elite Panel member of ICC. Getting into his officiating profile he had officiated into 70 test matches  from 2000 to current session , 172 One Day Internationals  from 1995 to the current session and 19  T-20 cricket matches  from 2005 to current session on International basis.

5. Aleem Dar

Aleem Dar Top 10 Best Cricket Umpires in the World

His complete name is Aleem Sarwar Dar  also named as Aleem Dar . Aleem Dar is an International umpire from the Pakistan country and not only umpire , but also a right handed batsman and a right arm leg spin bowler. He was born in the year 1968 and straight after the age of 30 , he was in the profession of umpiring. He started his profession in 2000 as a debut between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He then was promoted to Emirates Panel of umpires after next two years and then the Elite Panel member of ICC in the next two years. He is currently the best international umpires of all other umpire. He made his test debut match in 2003. After the arrival of UDRS system and rules , he gave 15 back to back lbw correct decision which were proved correct after UDRS system in 2011 world cup. Getting into his officiating profile he had officiated into 74 test matches  from 2003 to current session , 151 One Day Internationals  from 2000 to the current session and 19  T-20 cricket matches  from 2009 to current session on International basis.

4. Steve Bucknor

Steve Bucknor Top 10 Best Cricket Umpires in the World

Steve Bucknor is also known as Stephen Anthony Bucknor. He is one of the most experienced umpire in all the format of cricket. Steve Bucknor was born in the year 1946 . He was initially a football match referee but after his age to be 45 , the football rules does not allow him to proceed further as a referee. This turn his profession as an umpire in cricket. He made his umpire debut in One Day International as well as Test matches in the year 1989. He was also promoted to the Elite Panel member of ICC. He declared his retirement in the year 2009. He is known for making slow decision as he sometimes take much slow decision in case of lbw , during that time one can made the ball pass the boundary. He nods gently and then slowly raised the index finger. For Indian fans and players  he is their enemy because of his wrong decision especially in case of Sachin Tendulkar. Getting into his officiating profile he had officiated into 128 test matches  from 1989 to 2009 , 181 One Day Internationals  from 1989 to 2009 on International basis.

3. David Shepherd

david shepherd Top 10 Best Cricket Umpires in the World

David Shepherd was one of the most popular umpire  with complete name as David Robert Shepherd. He was born in the year 1940 and unfortunately died in the year 2008 . He was a right handed batsman and right arm medium bowler . After that he came in the profession of umpiring and he was an umpire from England side. He made his umpire debut in One Day International as well as Test matches in the year 1983 . He was very different from other umpires because of his style of umpiring ie for a boundary he shakes his right hand shaking despite of waving it smoothly. Getting into his officiating profile he had officiated into 92 test matches  from 1985 to 2005 , 172 One Day Internationals  from 1983 to 2005 on International basis. His way of escaping by the unstoppable shots of Sachin Tendulkar and then reacting stunned also made him popular.

2. Simon Taufel

simon taufel Top 10 Best Cricket Umpires in the World

Simon Taufel full name is Simon James Arnold Taufel. He was also a fast medium bowler before coming into the profession of umpiring . He is on the second position on the basis of best umpires in the world.  Simon Taufel is an umpire from Australian side. His decision during umpiring are much precised as that of a calculation done through a calculator. He has also been the member of Elite Panel member of ICC. He started his Test debut umpiring from the year 2000 and ODI umpiring debut from the year 1999. Getting into his officiating profile he had officiated into 74 test matches  from 2000 to 2012 , 172 One Day Internationals  from 1999 to 2012 and 34 T-20′s matches from 2007 to 2012 on International basis. Despite being the youngest umpire , he is also the most experienced umpire in the Elite
Panel .

1. Harold Dennis Bird

Harold Dennis Bird Top 10 Best Cricket Umpires in the World

Harold Dennis Bird is most popularly known as the Dickie Bird. Harold Dennis Bird is an International umpire of England team. Initially he loved to play football but after back to back injuries he was not able to continue the game and choose the path of cricket. In cricket, he is a right hand batsman and right arm off break bowler and then finally came into a profession of umpire and became much popular. He made his umpire debut in One Day International as well as Test matches in the year 1973.  Getting into his officiating profile he had officiated into 66 test matches  from 1973 to 1996 , 69 One Day Internationals  from 1973 to 1996 on International basis. He came into controversies when during the first day of a test match between England and Australia , he did not allow to play because of water in different part of ground due to heavy rain.

 

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