ICC news June 7, 2012

Billy Doctrove retires from international cricket

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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."

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  • on June 8, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Thank God, he is retireing now.

  • on June 8, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Billy's very first test match , West Indies vs Pakistan in Antigua ! First over after lunch on the last day . Jimmy Adams " caught " Moin Khan b Wasim Akram 33 with West Indies still needing 20 runs from Courtney Walsh and Reon King .Adams' reprieve caused West Indies to win by one wicket and " square " the series . And that pattern continued !

  • on June 8, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    good bye billy...... u are a great asset in world crickeet

  • mamboman on June 8, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    One of the finest umpires of the last generation. A real loss to the game - his contribution was enormous.

  • on June 8, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Wish you all the best for future...

  • TheBlackMonk on June 8, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Thank you very much for your wonderful contribution in cricket! This is perhaps one of the very few difficult tasks and you did it without a controversy. We wish a great replacement as you.

  • rajasekarsn on June 8, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Happy Retirement Billy Doctrove.!!!!

  • Legaleagle on June 8, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    You will remembered for your great service to the game of Cricket. You will be dearly missed Billy!!

    Good luck with your future endeavors.

  • on June 7, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    HAPPY RETIREMENT..I CAN IMAGINE HOW DIFFICULT IT IS FOR THESE GUYS TO B AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILY FOR MONTHS.

  • pakwin on June 7, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Happy Retirement Billy Doctrove.

  • on June 8, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Thank God, he is retireing now.

  • on June 8, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Billy's very first test match , West Indies vs Pakistan in Antigua ! First over after lunch on the last day . Jimmy Adams " caught " Moin Khan b Wasim Akram 33 with West Indies still needing 20 runs from Courtney Walsh and Reon King .Adams' reprieve caused West Indies to win by one wicket and " square " the series . And that pattern continued !

  • on June 8, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    good bye billy...... u are a great asset in world crickeet

  • mamboman on June 8, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    One of the finest umpires of the last generation. A real loss to the game - his contribution was enormous.

  • on June 8, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Wish you all the best for future...

  • TheBlackMonk on June 8, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Thank you very much for your wonderful contribution in cricket! This is perhaps one of the very few difficult tasks and you did it without a controversy. We wish a great replacement as you.

  • rajasekarsn on June 8, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Happy Retirement Billy Doctrove.!!!!

  • Legaleagle on June 8, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    You will remembered for your great service to the game of Cricket. You will be dearly missed Billy!!

    Good luck with your future endeavors.

  • on June 7, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    HAPPY RETIREMENT..I CAN IMAGINE HOW DIFFICULT IT IS FOR THESE GUYS TO B AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILY FOR MONTHS.

  • pakwin on June 7, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Happy Retirement Billy Doctrove.

  • on June 7, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    An Umpire that just got on with the job and umpired. Did it without fuss. A job well done. You and Steve Bucknor did your islands proud.

  • umair_khan88 on June 7, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    this is a good news for pakistan..

  • Rajesh3004 on June 7, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    One of the few 'very good' umpires!

  • Nadeem1976 on June 7, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Thanks for serving cricket for 14 years. Have fun in life.

  • on June 7, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    great umpire.......though he had an unusual way of signalling fours ..........

  • EverybodylovesSachin on June 7, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Noball_Specialist -- That's out! True but it is a No Ball. :}). Happy Retirement Billy!

  • Yolk_Eater on June 7, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    @ProdigyB: could you please have left sachin out of this article at least??

  • ProdigyA on June 7, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Amonst all the great players and their great records we often forget how important umpire are and how much an integral part of cricket they are and Billy was a pioneer in his efforts. Good luck and happy retirement to the "Sachin of Umpiring." :)

  • Noball_Specialist on June 7, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    That's out!

  • on June 7, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Mr. Doctrove is an unarguably one of best umpires of ICC but torsha posted a controversial mai. Torsha, I certainly disagree with your comment that Doctrove is better but he is not certainly better than Steve Bucknor. Bucknor is ever great and I know so far Bucknor will be the best of best umpire for all time of ICC umpires' list.Bucknor who was both the referee of world cup football as well as umpire of world cup cricket. But it does not mean to glorify Bucknor. Above all when Bucknor was in the field to adjudicate over some decisions, it was tremendously commendable and irrefutable. Every great player in Bucknor's time was stunned with his decision and accepted his decision without hesitation objection. Billy Doctrove is modest and a good man and also a good umpire but Bucknor is so far unarguably better than any umpires from West Indies.

  • on June 7, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    we miss u.................................................................

  • MistaDizzy on June 7, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Happy retirement to him. A fair enough umpire but my memory of him will be the not out given by him to Jimmy Adams when Jimmy hit the leather off the ball c Moin b Wasim in the WI a few years ago and Pak should have gone on to win the Test.

  • vrn59 on June 7, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Billy Doctrove has been a fabulous umpire! Kudos to him!

  • torsha on June 7, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    He was certainly better than Steve Bucknor. Good luck Mr. Doctrove!

  • Divinetouch on June 7, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Dear Mr. Doctrove,

    Thanks for your yeoman service. May divinity bless you and your family infinitely and your retirement is spent the way you would like it.

    Thanks again.

  • on June 7, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Cricket umpiring at any level is not child's play. I gave up after few years of doing it. I simply couldn't stand Highveld heat at the height of summer and the abuse from players. 14 years at the top is an outstanding achievement in any language. 2006 funny appeal by Indians to Billy who was attending to advertising board will forever in my memory. You deserve your rest mr Doctrove.

  • Deenesh on June 7, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Salud to a great Umpire, he was a fair and excellent judge

  • on June 7, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    gud luck billy, u were truly great,,

  • on June 7, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    You have done a great job. Miss you sir. Love from Sri Lanka!

  • Afridipak on June 7, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Great news that he's retiring thank u mr doctrove

  • on June 7, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Great guy, sad to see him go but happy he is retiring.

  • on June 7, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    we mISSS U......................

  • gudolerhum on June 7, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Well done Mr Doctrove - a commendable career as an international umpire and you have done the Caribbean proud. May you enjoy a long and happy retirement. You have made a considerable contribution to the game by the way you have alkways conducted yourself with dignity.

  • on June 7, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Good luck billy... hope we could see you in IPL

  • cosmoboy on June 7, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    All the very best Mr. Billy, for sure we wil miss your unique way of symboling FOUR :)

  • Kays789 on June 7, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    very glad to hear of his retirement to be honest. not to be intentionally harsh, but he really was one of the worst. anyway good luck for whatever comes next for you billy!

  • on June 7, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    great job sir,you have serve well,thank you very much.

  • on June 7, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    you havve done big duty now time to take rest....enjoy life billy :) love from pakistan :)

  • PeterDrucker on June 7, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Good to hear of his retirement, Darrell Hair is waiting for him.

  • dravid.s on June 7, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Good luck.............Enjoy Retirement....................

  • on June 7, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    You have made Dominica and the West Indies proud..I hope you continue to participate in West Indian and Domestic Cricket, happy retirement and best wishes. You left an indelible mark on internationall cricket.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on June 7, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Yes, he made msitakes. Who doesn't? Enjoy your retirement Mr.Doctrove, you deserve it.

  • athem79 on June 7, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Good luck Billy . . Everyone will miss you including Darrell Hair.

  • on June 7, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    HI DOCTROVE REALLY REALLY ADMIRE YR COOLNESS AND FAIR JUDGEMENT AT MOST TIMES IF ANY MISTAKE HAD BEEN MADE, YOU ARE FORGIVEN 'TO ERR IS HUMAN' I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST IN ALL YR FUTURE ENDEAVOURS AND GUD HEALTH ALWAYS BYE BYE

  • on June 7, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    I have known Billy for more than ten years and he is the testimony of a gentleman. I have followed his career over the years and he has always done his country proud. Best described as a Statesman, sportsman and all rounder, Umpire Doctrove made his mark being the first Umpire to have a stand or pavilion named in his honour. I wish him great success in retirement and I would hope that he continues to officiate in domestic games.

  • bharath74 on June 7, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Gud luck Billy, we will miss u Sir

  • on June 7, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    His quality of umpiring slighty fell this year (esp in IPL),but he is a good umpire nonetheless. One of Icons of cricket for sure.

  • on June 7, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    one of the all-time great umpires who had a remarkable career

  • ABjuventus on June 7, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    u have been a terrific umpire on the circuit , always a great human being may u have a bright future

  • on June 7, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    GREAT MAN GREAT JOB.Soft Spoken non-conterversial. Never forget when Umpire Hair handedover the game to England when then Pak captain Inzamam Ul Haq refused to take the field. I wish him all the best for the future years to come after his retirement.

  • on June 7, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    One of the best umpires I've seen. We gonna miss him. Good luck Mr. Doctrove..

  • on June 7, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    A great man and a Great Umpire.... will be missed on field always.!!!

  • kasyapm on June 7, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    All the very best Mr. Doctrove!

  • on June 7, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    You were a great umpire.We really enjoyed your presence in ground.We will miss you.

  • on June 7, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    bye bye billy, al the best for ur future

  • on June 7, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Good luck Billy...... Great servant in international cricket....

  • arman.sylhet on June 7, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Everybody (umpire's, players, coach & supporting staff, officials) should learn from awesome Billy Doctrove. Good luck to you sir.

  • on June 7, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Best of luck, Mr. Doctrove. You were a good umpire.

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  • on June 7, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Best of luck, Mr. Doctrove. You were a good umpire.

  • arman.sylhet on June 7, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Everybody (umpire's, players, coach & supporting staff, officials) should learn from awesome Billy Doctrove. Good luck to you sir.

  • on June 7, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Good luck Billy...... Great servant in international cricket....

  • on June 7, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    bye bye billy, al the best for ur future

  • on June 7, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    You were a great umpire.We really enjoyed your presence in ground.We will miss you.

  • kasyapm on June 7, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    All the very best Mr. Doctrove!

  • on June 7, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    A great man and a Great Umpire.... will be missed on field always.!!!

  • on June 7, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    One of the best umpires I've seen. We gonna miss him. Good luck Mr. Doctrove..

  • on June 7, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    GREAT MAN GREAT JOB.Soft Spoken non-conterversial. Never forget when Umpire Hair handedover the game to England when then Pak captain Inzamam Ul Haq refused to take the field. I wish him all the best for the future years to come after his retirement.

  • ABjuventus on June 7, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    u have been a terrific umpire on the circuit , always a great human being may u have a bright future