Will become first umpire to reach his century February 22, 2005

Bucknor to receive golden bails for 100th Test

Cricinfo staff

Steve Bucknor: in line to make it 100 Tests © Getty Images

Steve Bucknor will become the first umpire to stand in 100 Tests when he steps out in the second Test between India and Pakistan at Kolkata on March 16. And, in recognition of his achievement, the ICC will award Bucknor, 58, the Golden Bails Award.

Bucknor first stood in a Test match in 1989, aged 42, in the fourth game of the series between West Indies and India in Kingston, Jamaica and he has also officiated in four consecutive ICC Cricket World Cup finals. David Shepherd is the second-most experienced Test umpire: he has 86 to his name, while S Venkataraghavan has 73.