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Billy Doctrove retires from international cricket

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June 7, 2012

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Umpire Billy Doctrove consults his lightmeter as Jonathan Trott looks on, England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Lord's, 4th day, June 6 2011
Billy Doctrove has called time on his 14-year career © Getty Images
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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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Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

Thank God, he is retireing now.

Posted by   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 !

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

Wish you all the best for future...

Posted by 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.

Posted by rajasekarsn on (June 8, 2012, 2:55 GMT)

Happy Retirement Billy Doctrove.!!!!

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 23:23 GMT)


Posted by pakwin on (June 7, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

Happy Retirement Billy Doctrove.

Posted by   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.

Posted by umair_khan88 on (June 7, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

this is a good news for pakistan..

Posted by Rajesh3004 on (June 7, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

One of the few 'very good' umpires!

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (June 7, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

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

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (June 7, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

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

Posted by Yolk_Eater on (June 7, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

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

Posted by 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." :)

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (June 7, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

That's out!

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by vrn59 on (June 7, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

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

Posted by torsha on (June 7, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Deenesh on (June 7, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

gud luck billy, u were truly great,,

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

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

Posted by Afridipak on (June 7, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Great news that he's retiring thank u mr doctrove

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

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

Posted by 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 :)

Posted by 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!

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

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

Posted by PeterDrucker on (June 7, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

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

Posted by dravid.s on (June 7, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (June 7, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

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

Posted by athem79 on (June 7, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 9:28 GMT)


Posted by   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.

Posted by bharath74 on (June 7, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

Gud luck Billy, we will miss u Sir

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

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

Posted by 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

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

Posted by kasyapm on (June 7, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

All the very best Mr. Doctrove!

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

bye bye billy, al the best for ur future

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

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

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