ICC news June 2, 2015

Umpire Steve Davis retires after 25-year career

ESPNcricinfo staff

Steve Davis has officiated in three World Cups and two World T20s © Getty Images

Umpire Steve Davis has announced his retirement after the five-match ODI series between England and New Zealand in June.

"It has been a difficult but considered decision," he said. "I have had a marvellous 25-year career during which I worked with some of the best umpires and match referees."

Davis, 63, made his international debut as an umpire in an ODI between Pakistan and West Indies in 1992. He officiated in his first Test five years later, when Australia met New Zealand in Hobart. Overall, he's worked in 57 Tests, 135 ODIs and 26 T20Is.

"I have made many lasting friendships all around the world, both on and off the field, which I will treasure forever," Davis said. "I also take this opportunity to thank Cricket Australia and the ICC for their support and the opportunities they have given me. And as much as anyone, I thank my wife Annie and our families for their encouragement and support over the years."

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland congratulated Davis for his contribution to the game. "As one of Australia's leading officials, Steve's achievements have been significant during his 25 years on the field spanning 57 Tests and several World Cups," Sutherland said in a statement.

"Steve leaves the game with the respect of the international cricketing community and is held in high regard by match officials and players alike. The leadership Steve has shown during his time on the ICC's Elite Panel is a credit to him and we thank him for his outstanding contribution to the game."

Davis was selected for the International Panel of ICC Umpires in 2002, and was promoted to the Elite Panel in 2008. He has also been part of three World Cups since 2007, five World T20s and two Champions Trophies as well.

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