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A rare hundred for Bucknor
by Muhammad Asim


Player:SA Bucknor

DateLine: 16th March 2005

 

By officiating in the second Test between Pakistan & India at Kolkata, West Indian Steve Bucknor became the first ever Test umpire to stand in 100 Test matches. Bucknor, who began his umpire career way back in 1989, took 15 years and 322 days to reach the landmark. Interestingly, Bucknor has been chosen 16.08 % times of the 622 Test matches played since his umpiring debut. Overall Kolkata Test is Bucknor’s 231st international match as an umpire. England’s David Shepherd holds the world record in this regard. He has so far officiated in 252 international games since June 1983. For reader’s interest the accompanying table has the complete details.

 

Most Test matches as an umpire in Test cricket

[Qualification: 40 or more] [10]
Umpire               M     First Match     Last Match
Bucknor, SA         100    28 Apr 1989     25 Jan 2005
Shepherd, DR         87    01 Aug 1985     13 Mar 2005
Venkataraghavan, S   73    29 Jan 1993     20 Jan 2004
Bird, HD             66    05 Jul 1973     24 Jun 1996
Koertzen, RE         60    26 Dec 1992     12 Mar 2005
Hair, DB             59    25 Jan 1992     12 Mar 2005
Harper, DJ           49    28 Nov 1998     13 Mar 2005
Chester, F           48    28 Jun 1924     26 Jul 1955
Orchard, DL          44    14 Dec 1995     28 Mar 2004
Elliott, CS          42    30 May 1957     13 Aug 1974

 

All statistical research has been updated till March 16, 2004

 

 


(Article: Copyright © 2005 Muhammad Asim email:wordswordsandwords@hotmail.com)

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