Umpires play a key role in cricket matches as they hold the authority to take crucial decisions during a match, which has a bearing on the final result. The world has seen some great umpires who have impressed on and all with their knowledge of the game and intelligent decision making.
Here is a list of top 10 best and popular umpires in cricket world:
10. Tony Hill
Tony Hill from New Zealand is among the leading umpires in international cricket, who got a position among ICC Elite Umpires panel in 2009. Hid first ODI match as an umpire was in 1998, played between New Zealand and Zimbabwe, while his test debut came in 2001, between New Zealand and Bangladesh.
9. Ian Gould
One of the best cricket umpires is Ian Gould, popularly known as Gunner, who is from England. Prior to taking up the role of an umpire, he has played as a left-handed batsman and wicket keeper for the English team. He has also played football, in the capacity of goalkeeper for Arsenal football club. He debuted as ODI umpire in 2006 and Test umpire in 2008. He has umpired in 73 ODIs and 30 tests till date.
8. Daryl Harper
Next on this list is the Australian umpire, Daryl Harper, who holds a great reputation in the field. He has the honor of being the first Australian umpire to be included in ICC Elite Umpires panel. During his umpiring career from 1983 to 2011, Harper umpired in 174 ODIs and 94 test matches.
7. Billy Bowden
Another umpire from New Zealand to make it on this list is Billy Bowden, who made his umpiring debut in 1995, with an ODI match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. He did his first test match in 2000 and has officiated a total of 75 ODIs, 181 test matches and 19 T20s till date. He made it to ICC Elite Umpires panel in 2003.
6. Steve Bucknor
One of the most experienced cricket umpires is Steve Bucknor, who started his career as a football referee and then moved over to cricket umpiring with a test match between West Indies and India in 1989, followed by ODI debut as an umpire in the same year, with a match between the same teams. After 181 ODIs and 128 test matched, he retired in 2009.