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Steve Bucknor to recieve Order of Jamaica

Published: Tuesday, August 7, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Jamaica: One of cricket's very best and trusted umpire Steve Bucknor will receive the Order of Jamaica, the fourth highest order for outstanding service in the field of sports, by the Jamaican Government on National Heroes Day October 15.

Bucknor, known as ''Slow Death Bucknor'' for his lengthy pauses before giving his decisions, heads the list of 10 sports personalities who are to be conferred with National Honours and Awards by Governor General Professor Kenneth Hall.

The 61-year-old holds the current record of umpiring in 118 Test matches and became the first umpire to stand in 100 Tests in March 2005.

His debut as umpire came during the match between India and West Indies at Kingston played between April 28 to May 3, 1989.

He was also a FIFA football referee for nearly 20 years before starting his career in cricket.

He was previously conferred with the Order of Distinction, the fifth order in precedence in Jamaica.

The Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service will go to Charles Joseph for over 50 years of dedicated service as a groundsman at Sabina Park.

UNI

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