Congrats to Billy Doctrove as he stands in his 100th ODI
Today is a special day for popular umpire Billy Doctrove. Moments ago the outstanding Dominican walked onto the field at the historic Lord's ground to stand in his 100th One-Day International, making him just the second West Indian to reach this landmark. The 55-year-old is standing in the fourth One-Dayer between England and Pakistan at the home of cricket.
According to Doctrove: “I feel really proud ... and to walk out at Lord’s is putting the icing on the cake. To do my 100th ODI ... I have to say I am honoured. I am very proud to reach this milestone and at the same time I am humbled. When I joined the Dominica Umpires’ Association in 1975 I never thought I would ever stand in 100 ODIs. I am sure my whole country is looking ahead to this occasion. I am happy to reach this milestone.”
Doctrove, who is also a qualified FIFA referee, started umpiring at the first-class level in 1991 during the West Indies Cricket Board’s four-day competition in a match between Jamaica and the Windward Islands at Windsor Park in Dominica. He stood in his first ODI in 1998 at Arnos Vale in St Vincent when England toured the Caribbean. His first Test match came two years later at the ARG in Antigua when the West Indies played against Pakistan.
The only other West Indian to stand in 100 ODIs is the legendary Steve Bucknor – Doctrove’s mentor. Bucknor did 128 Test matches and 181 One-Day International before retiring in March 2009.