10 Best Cricket Umpires
Declaring anyone out of the pitch or giving him a ‘sixer’: it is all in the hand of the man who stands behind the wickets at bowler’s end. Without having any doubt, they are the ones maintaining peace and gameplay according to the rules of cricket. As they are also human beings, some misjudgments also come from their sides, which, accordingly, put any team in a tough situation, even when they are very close to their winning ceremony.
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Irrespective of those wrong decisions which are very less in number, they are the symbol of justice for any team on the ground, without which, the match itself will be a misery. And here is the list of 10 best Cricket umpires of all time in History-
10 Best Cricket Umpires of All Time in History
10. Tony Hill
#10 in the List of 10 Best Cricket Umpires of All Time in History we have Tony Hill. Anthony Lloyd Hill, better known as Tony Hill, was born in 1951 in Auckland, New Zealand. His debuted as an umpire in an ODI between New Zealand and Zimbabwe at Napier in March 1998 and he officiated at his first test match in December 2001 between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Hamilton. During his time on the International Umpire Panel, ICC had appointed Hill to matches away from New Zealand as a neutral umpire for supporting the Elite Panel, and particular highlights are, the third test between South Africa and Australia at Johannesburg in March 2006, as well as officiating on-field at three Group A matches at the 2007 Cricket World Cup in St. Kitts. He had officiated at 39 International Test matches and 96 ODIs, along with 17 T20 International. Hill was elected in the ICC Elite Panel of umpires in 2009.
9. Darrell Hair
#9 in the List of 10 Best Cricket Umpires of All Time in History we have Darrell Hair.
Darrell Bruce Hair, born on 1952 in Mudgee, New South Wales, is also famously known as Darrell Hair. Hair umpired in his first Test match in January 1992, between Australia and India in Adelaide. In a 1995 match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Melbourne, he no-balled Muttiah Muralitharan seven times in three overs for throwing. He had officiated at 78 International tests with 139 ODIs. On the fourth day of the fourth Test between England and Pakistan in 2006 at The Oval, Hair and fellow umpire, Billy Doctrove, ruled that the Pakistani team had been involved in ball tampering. They awarded five penalty runs to England and offered them a replacement ball. In protest, the Pakistani players refused to take the field after the tea break. Later, an ICC board meeting discussed his actions in that Test match and it was decided he should not umpire matches involving the test playing nations. On 22 August 2008, Hair handed in his resignation to the ICC in order to take up a coaching role.
8. Rudi Koertzen
#8 in the List of 10 Best Cricket Umpires of All Time in History we have Rudi Koertzen.
Rudolf Eric Koertzen, famously known as Rudi Koertzen, was born in Knysna in the Western Cape, South Africa in the year 1949. A cricket enthusiast since his childhood, Koertzen played league cricket while working for South African Railways. For a start, he became an umpire officiating at domestic games in the year 1981. Rudi then broke into the international arena in the year 1992, when he umpired in his first ODI between South Africa and India. During that same tour, he made his test debut, again in a game between South Africa and India. Rudi took the umpiring standards to higher levels and became a full-time ICC umpire in the years 1997 and soon became part of the Elite Umpires Panel, as well. He has officiated at 108 tests and 209 ODIs along with 14 T20s in his career. He was also the first umpire to umpire in 200 ODIs. He was awarded the ICC Bronze Bails Award for 100 ODIs, ICC Silver Bails Award for 200 ODIs and ICC Golden Bails Award for 100 Tests.
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