Billy Doctrove calls time on career
Billy Doctrove, a member of the ICC's Elite panel of umpires, has announced his retirement from international cricket. Doctrove, who served as an international umpire for 14 years, will not be seeking a renewal of his contract after it expires at the end of this month.
Doctrove was due to officiate in the ODI and Test series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan but had to withdraw and return home to Dominica due to a family bereavement. The second Test between New Zealand and South Africa in Hamilton in March this year was his last international assignment.
"After much consideration I have informed the selectors of my decision to retire," Doctrove said. "It has been an incredible 14 years for me as an international umpire and I have enjoyed every moment of it.
"It has been a dream journey and to supervise international matches which were played by many great players at iconic venues.
"I am also honoured and privileged to have been part of the transformation process in cricket with the introduction of technology which is now considered as an integral component of international cricket and the introduction of the revolutionary twenty20 format which has taken cricket to a completely new level."
Doctrove made his international umpiring debut in 1998, in an ODI between West Indies and England in St Vincent, and stood in his first Test two years later when West Indies took on Pakistan in Antigua. He went on to stand in 38 Tests, 112 ODIs and 17 T20 internationals, including the final of the ICC World Twenty20 between England and Australia in Barbados in 2010. He became part of the ICC's International Panel of Umpires in 2004 and was promoted to the Elite Panel in 2006.
"It was a highlight to umpire in the ICC World Twenty20 final in Barbados," he said. "That was a special and an unforgettable occasion. I am extremely thankful to my family and friends worldwide, for their support and encouragement that they afforded to me during my career.
"I would also like to thank the WICB and the ICC for the many opportunities they provided me to serve this wonderful game."
Doctrove umpired in the controversial Oval Test of 2006 between England and Pakistan. His on-field partner then was Darrell Hair, who was at the centre of the controversy. Accusations of ball-tampering prompted the Pakistan team to refuse to take the field after tea on the fourth day and England were declared victors - the result was changed to a draw in 2008 before being reversed again to an England win in 2009.
Doctrove was also Dominica's first FIFA referee and between 1995 and 1997 he officiated in a number of internationals in the Caribbean, including a World Cup qualifier between Guyana and Grenada in 1996. He quit football in 1997.
Vince van der Bijl, the ICC umpires and referees manager, said: "Billy has been an excellent servant of the game and we thank him on behalf of the entire cricket fraternity for his outstanding contribution as an international umpire for 14 years.
"To have remained as one of the game's top officials for that length of time has required Billy to be self-motivated, confident and well respected.
"Billy is a very special man, with strong values, firm beliefs yet with an underlying gentleness and humour, and a great family man - a wonderful blend."