London: Veteran umpire David Shepherd, has died of cancer. He was 68.
Shepherd was one of the cricket world's best-known umpires. He stood in 92 Test matches and 172 ODIs, the last of them in June 2005, and officiated in three World Cup finals.
He was appointed as a first-class umpire in 1981 and the speed of his elevation to the international stage was evidence of his ability and the regard in which he was held His last Test was match between West Indies and Pakistan in Kingston in June 2005 and his final appearance in an ODI was at The Oval in 2005. Shepherd also had a 14-year career at Gloucestershire for whom he played 282 first-class matches