Professional umpires:

Published: Saturday, January 1, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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Steve Bucknor Date of birth: May 31, 1946, Montego Bay, Jamaica.Tests umpired: 64. ODIs umpired: 83

Steve Bucknor is the West Indies" most experienced international umpire, havingtaken charge of his first Test match during the 1988-89 series in the Caribbeanagainst India.

In addition to excelling in cricket, Steve is a former international soccer referee(1985-92) who has officiated in a World Cup match. This makes him the onlyofficial to have worked in both the cricket and soccer World Cups.

Asoka de Silva: Date of birth: March 28, 1956. Tests umpired: 10. ODIsumpired: 14.

A former international cricketer, who played 10 Tests and 28 ODIs for Sri Lankabetween 1985-86 and 1990-91, Asoka de Silva has emerged over the past twoyears as an outstanding umpire. He stood in his first Test as recently as 1999-00and has since been fast tracked with a series of assignments for the ICC.

Daryl Harper: Date of birth: October 23, 1951, Adelaide, Australia. Testumpired: 16. ODIs umpired: 48.

Daryl Harper made his debut as a first class umpire in 1987-88 and rose to nationalselection in the 1993-94 season, during the triangular ODI series involvingAustralia, South Africa and New Zealand. The latest of his 16 Test matches wasthe Australia vs South Africa match at Sydney in January 2002.

Rudi Koertzen: Date of birth: March 26, 1949, Kynsna, South Africa.Tests umpired: 28. ODIs umpired: 78.

Rudi Koertzen has been an international umpire since 1992-93, when he stood inthe South Africa vs India series.

Dave Orchard: Date of birth: June 24, 1948, Pietermaritzburg, SouthAfrica. Tests Umpired: 26. ODIs umpired: 77.

Dave Orchard played first class cricket with Natal for 11 years from the late 1960sto late 70s. He made his international umpiring debut in the Mandela One-daytournament in 1994-95, followed by a first Test appearance in 1995-96.

David Shepherd: Date of birth: December 27, 1940, Devon, England.Tests umpired: 60. ODIs umpired: 97.

David Shepherd is one of international cricket"s most experienced umpires. Aformer first class cricketer with more than 10,000 runs for English countyGloucestershire, he is now in his 19th season on the international circuit.

David was one of the first independent umpires trialled by the ICC in 1992-93 andan original member of the panel that followed in 1994. Highlights of his careerinclude standing in both the 1996 and 1999 World Cup finals.

Russell Tiffin: Date of birth: June 4, 1959, Salisbury, Rhodesia. Testsumpired: 24. ODIs umpired: 33.

Russell Tiffin became a first class umpire in 1989 and joined the international panelin 1995. Prior to his appointment on the elite panel he worked as a businessdevelopment manager for Castrol in Zimbabwe.

Srinivas Venkataraghavan: Date of birth: April 21, 1945, Madras (nowChennai), India. Tests umpired: 51. ODIs umpired: 33.

Venkat is the most experienced former Test cricketer on the new ICC elite panel.As an off spinner for India he played 57 Tests in a 19-year career, taking morethan 150 wickets as part of India"s famous 'spin quartet" of the 1970s.

He captained the national team and in all first class cricket claimed 1,390 wickets,including 530 in the Ranji Trophy, an Indian record. In the early 1990s he was anICC match referee before becoming an international umpire during India"s homeseries against England in 1992-93.

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