WICB Congratulates Steve Bucknor

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua -- The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has extended congratulations and best wishes to retired Test umpire, Steve Bucknor, on his election to the Presidency of the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association (WICUA).

The 62-year-old Bucknor, believed to be the most experienced umpire in international cricket history, officiating in a record 128 Tests, 179 One Day Internationals and five (5) CONSECUTIVE World Cups, succeeded Hartley Reid of Barbados as President of WICUA, at the organisation’s 24 Biennial Convention in Bermuda.

In an official Congratulatory Message, issued today (Thursday), Dr. Julian Hunte, President of WICB, said there were many outstanding qualities which would have contributed to Bucknor’s meteoric rise in the international cricket arena, making him one of the best umpires of the modern era.  Among these qualities, said Dr. Hunte, were Bucknor’s decision-making, his honesty, humility and warmth.

“Bucknor was an inspiration and role model to many young umpires and the Board is naturally delighted that he has been provided an opportunity to pass on his invaluable knowledge and experience to this great game, while continuing to play a mentoring role.”

A former ICC elite panel umpire and football referee, Bucknor began his international umpiring career in March, 1989, when he officiated in a One-Day International between West Indies and India at Antigua.  His first Test match was at Sabina Park, Jamaica, between April 28th and May 3rd, 1989, with competing teams being West Indies and India.

Bucknor holds the record for the most Test matches umpired, and is to date the only umpire to have officiated in over 100 Test matches. He has stood in 14 Ashes Tests and has been an official umpire in five (5) World Cup tournaments, during which he has officiated 44 matches, including a record five (5) Finals.

His last Test match was at Cape Town, between South Africa and Australia, March, 2009 and his final ODI was at Bridgetown, Barbados, also during the month of March, when the competing teams were West Indies and England.