Umpire Bucknor wants a 'ton' in Tests

Published: Friday, April 9, 2004, 19:57 [IST]
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Lahore:Experienced West Indian umpire Steve Bucknor is eyeing a century of Test matches before he retires in 2007.

"I have set a target of 2007 for myself and with the speed of Test matches I am doing I hope to complete the century before retiring," said Bucknor.

The 57-year-old from Jamaica took his tally to 89 Tests after he officiated the Lahore Test between Pakistan and India which finished in Lahore on Thursday.

"I have to work hard to keep myself fit and to meet the demands of umpiring in the high profile game of cricket and it would be a great honour to complete century of Tests as umpire," said Bucknor.

Bucknor's first Test as umpire was the Jamaica Test between India and the West Indies in the 1988-1989 season and he has also officiated in 118 One-day Internationals including the 1992, 1996 1999 and 2003 World Cup finals.

He also refereed a World Cup football match between El Salvador and Holland.

Bucknor, who came under severe criticism over some controversial decisions during India's tour of Australia earlier this season, admitted everyone makes mistakes.

"With extensive television coverage umpiring has become very difficult from the time when I started my career.

"But I am pretty happy with my performance and everyone makes mistakes, including myself," said Bucknor, famous for waiting several seconds before shaking his head or raising his finger.

"I give myself enough time to think about my decision, to replay just about everything about that delivery, and by so doing I should in the end be able to make that decision."

Bucknor lamented the problems in West Indies cricket as the Test side seeks to avoid a first ever series whitewash at home against England.

"I think cricket in the Caribbean would be further pushed back after the recent defeats and this is all because of lack of interest from the youth."

"Players now play more for money rather than for their country and this is a serious problem in West Indian cricket."

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