David Shepherd 1940-2009 October 28, 2009

Former Test umpire David Shepherd dies

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David Shepherd, the former England umpire, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 68.

Shepherd was a renowned international umpire and officiated in 172 ODIs, including three consecutive World Cup finals, and 92 Tests between 1983 and 2005. His good-humoured approach to officiating and quirky superstitions - most notably his 'jig' when scores reached 111 or a multiple thereof - made him a favourite with players and spectators the world over.

Shepherd was appointed a first-class umpire in 1981, and made his international debut at the 1983 World Cup. He would go onto become one of the game's most decorated and beloved officials. Only Steve Bucknor and Rudi Koertzen have stood in more Tests.

His last Test match was between West Indies and Pakistan in Kingston in June 2005 - after which Brian Lara presented him with a bat inscribed with a message thanking him for "the service, the memories and the professionalism" - and his final county appearance came at his former home ground of Bristol. Shepherd had represented Gloucestershire as a batsman over a 14-year career, which included 282 first-class matches and 12 centuries.

Upon his retirement from umpiring, Shepherd returned to Devon and remained involved with his local club. He married Jenny, his long-time partner, in 2008.

In confirming his passing on Wednesday, a statement on the Gloucestershire website spoke of Shepherd's "cheerful west country approach." "He was respected by all with whom he came in contact, especially the international players whom he encountered in so many Test Matches," the statement continued. "He always brought a smile to all our faces. For him cricket was a lovely game, a simple game and a game to be enjoyed. He himself brought so much enjoyment to so many of us."

One of the first personal tributes to come in was from his long-time colleague, Dickie Bird. "I feel very saddened this has happened," Bird told Sky Sports. "He was a fine umpire, we spent many happy hours together. He was a great man and a tremendous man to umpire with. He was a good bloke, he'll be sadly missed."

ICC President David Morgan called him a true gentleman of the game, a match official of the very highest quality with an immense positive influence on the sport. "The example he set as someone who took the art of umpiring very seriously while also enjoying what he did immensely will leave a lasting legacy for the game," Morgan said. "He was an engaging character which meant players and other umpires were always delighted to be around him."

The current international umpires issued a statement saying many were indebted to him. "Every time we see Nelson on the scoreboard, we will be thinking of Shep's little jig and saying a quiet 'thank you' for having him as one of us. As Shep would always say to every umpire he worked with on the way out to the middle, we now say to him: 'Good luck mate, and may your God go with you.'"

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  • Muruges on October 29, 2009, 8:21 GMT

    Great and uncontroversial umpire. Man with integrity, Let his soul rest in peace.

  • chachax on October 29, 2009, 8:20 GMT

    David Shepherd was one of my favorite umpires - I remember him standing on a single foot during the triple digit same number scores and I also remember him admonishing bowlers for atrocious LBW appeals - you could see that he was irate, "NOT Aaaout" he would shout. I used to look forward to matches where he was officiating and was a trifle sad when he retired. He, along with Dickie Bird formed an umpiring pair which is unmatched in cricket history. Rest in peace, Sheph, we will miss you!

  • Avid.Cricket.Watcher on October 29, 2009, 7:24 GMT

    RIP Shep. You leave behind countless admirers. (PS: pardon the gaffe in my prior post fellow cricket buffs...that incident was actually between Curtly and that other marvellous man Dickie. But both Dickie and Shep were the golden gents of cricket.)

  • Quazar on October 29, 2009, 7:19 GMT

    I think one could argue that David Shepherd and Dickie Bird have enriched cricket just as much as brilliant players like Lara, Tendulkar or Warne. I always admired how they could be jovial and firm in equal measure, always upholding the spirit of the game (which actually meant something to them). May David rest in peace.

  • The_Knack_of_Flying on October 29, 2009, 7:14 GMT

    One of the most beloved umpires, was very good at his job. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Avid.Cricket.Watcher on October 29, 2009, 7:11 GMT

    A wonderful man, and an excellent umpire. Shep will never be forgotten by cricket fans who've had the pleasure to watch him over the years. (I still fondly remember the incident when he stopped Curtly Ambrose who had already started his run-up...Curtly continued to run in towards Shep but only to give him a hug!)

  • SujeevBR on October 29, 2009, 7:00 GMT

    "Every time we see Nelson on the scoreboard, we will be thinking of Shep's little jig"....very true, David Shepherd was another one of those colourful characters that makes cricket so much fun for people like me...my first memory of David Shepherd was his umpiring in that mother of all indo-pak matches, the QF in 1996 world cup. May his soul rest in peace.

  • AdityaMookerjee on October 29, 2009, 6:44 GMT

    David Shepherd belonged to a rare kind of cricket umpire. Such was his ability, and expertise, that he was considered among the best umpires ever, with the likes of umpire Bird. May his tribe increase in England, and indeed, all over the cricket playing world.

  • mrm_87 on October 29, 2009, 6:38 GMT

    true professional..earned respect & trust from most of the cricket players & fans. thanks a lot ! we will miss u..:-|

  • mrm_87 on October 29, 2009, 6:35 GMT

    true professional..earned respect & trust from most of the cricket players & fans. thanks a lot ! we will miss u..:-|

  • Muruges on October 29, 2009, 8:21 GMT

    Great and uncontroversial umpire. Man with integrity, Let his soul rest in peace.

  • chachax on October 29, 2009, 8:20 GMT

    David Shepherd was one of my favorite umpires - I remember him standing on a single foot during the triple digit same number scores and I also remember him admonishing bowlers for atrocious LBW appeals - you could see that he was irate, "NOT Aaaout" he would shout. I used to look forward to matches where he was officiating and was a trifle sad when he retired. He, along with Dickie Bird formed an umpiring pair which is unmatched in cricket history. Rest in peace, Sheph, we will miss you!

  • Avid.Cricket.Watcher on October 29, 2009, 7:24 GMT

    RIP Shep. You leave behind countless admirers. (PS: pardon the gaffe in my prior post fellow cricket buffs...that incident was actually between Curtly and that other marvellous man Dickie. But both Dickie and Shep were the golden gents of cricket.)

  • Quazar on October 29, 2009, 7:19 GMT

    I think one could argue that David Shepherd and Dickie Bird have enriched cricket just as much as brilliant players like Lara, Tendulkar or Warne. I always admired how they could be jovial and firm in equal measure, always upholding the spirit of the game (which actually meant something to them). May David rest in peace.

  • The_Knack_of_Flying on October 29, 2009, 7:14 GMT

    One of the most beloved umpires, was very good at his job. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Avid.Cricket.Watcher on October 29, 2009, 7:11 GMT

    A wonderful man, and an excellent umpire. Shep will never be forgotten by cricket fans who've had the pleasure to watch him over the years. (I still fondly remember the incident when he stopped Curtly Ambrose who had already started his run-up...Curtly continued to run in towards Shep but only to give him a hug!)

  • SujeevBR on October 29, 2009, 7:00 GMT

    "Every time we see Nelson on the scoreboard, we will be thinking of Shep's little jig"....very true, David Shepherd was another one of those colourful characters that makes cricket so much fun for people like me...my first memory of David Shepherd was his umpiring in that mother of all indo-pak matches, the QF in 1996 world cup. May his soul rest in peace.

  • AdityaMookerjee on October 29, 2009, 6:44 GMT

    David Shepherd belonged to a rare kind of cricket umpire. Such was his ability, and expertise, that he was considered among the best umpires ever, with the likes of umpire Bird. May his tribe increase in England, and indeed, all over the cricket playing world.

  • mrm_87 on October 29, 2009, 6:38 GMT

    true professional..earned respect & trust from most of the cricket players & fans. thanks a lot ! we will miss u..:-|

  • mrm_87 on October 29, 2009, 6:35 GMT

    true professional..earned respect & trust from most of the cricket players & fans. thanks a lot ! we will miss u..:-|

  • shamsulislam on October 29, 2009, 6:33 GMT

    I convey my deep condolence to the departed soul of Mr. David Shefard and greatly acknowledge for his briliant contribution in the cricket umpiring. He was simply a well known and popular umpire in the cricketing world. As a bangladeshi and a sports commentator I will greatly miss him. I hope his family will recover themselves from this great loss quickly.

  • SIVACRICKET87 on October 29, 2009, 6:33 GMT

    Its Very Sad news for the Cricket fans of his season, I was disappointed even at the time of his retirement,now i cant belive this news. His standard of umpiring in International Cricket cannot be replaced by someone else....Truly, he must be inspiration of umpires of this generation.

  • lokeshtunga on October 29, 2009, 6:29 GMT

    shepherd was a great umpire. we miss you shep. may your soul rest in peace.

  • yuckfou on October 29, 2009, 6:27 GMT

    Shep was one of the greatest umpires I have ever seen. The Duo shep and Dickie was a happy sight to see walking into the ground. They were always relied on and was never questioned on their jobs... I remeber watching him umpire when I was a kid and I still laugh to muself when I remeber the way he entertains evryone while doing his job to the utmost. We cricket fans and all who knew hime will always remeber him in our thoughts. He will be missed by all cricket lovers...May God be with you too as u always say...

  • McPiggle on October 29, 2009, 6:23 GMT

    Rest in peace, Squire! You were a true professional, a delight to the game and we will miss your presence in this world! May God be close to your family in this time of mourning.

  • THNetworks on October 29, 2009, 6:18 GMT

    He will be deeply missed. Rest In Peace

  • Eranga_Abey on October 29, 2009, 5:59 GMT

    Hi I'm from Sri Lanka.He is the greatest umpire i have ever seen.Always cool never tension.When he was umpiring we had a confident of he will never do any mistakes..We will never meet someone like him..

  • nkkuruppal on October 29, 2009, 5:49 GMT

    On of the greatest umpires as well as a character on the field with his nelson hop. Alongwith Bird he tooke umpiring to new highs. May the departed soul rest in eternal peace.

    RIP

    Nanda Kishore Kuruppal

    Chennai

    India

  • SuperStrar11 on October 29, 2009, 5:26 GMT

    He was a great umpire. A heart-full Bye Bye to him.

  • Gully_11 on October 29, 2009, 4:38 GMT

    The only umpire who used to jump for 111, 222, 333 etc...the score called nelson, and that was form Mr. Shep's heart for the wellness of cricket...We will surely miss you for your impeccable umpiring skills....May your soul rest in peace...

  • HaroonAfaq on October 29, 2009, 4:15 GMT

    An outstanding Umpire, an Awesome human being and a True Professional..... We will Miss U Sheph :(

  • nishant_khanna on October 29, 2009, 4:13 GMT

    Sad news indeed. I still remember my first memory of David, it was the 1992 world cup finals. His hop and skip will always be remembered. RIP

  • springboks279 on October 29, 2009, 4:09 GMT

    a true legend for sure....he ll be missed....a very jovial character n a firm believer that cricket s a game after all....his gesture whenever the scoreboard reads 111 or its multiples wil ever be remembered....his services to cricket will be cherished for life...one of the best in the business n my favourite too....he ll sorely be missed....RIP......

  • DaredevilsUnlimited on October 29, 2009, 4:01 GMT

    Sad to learn the sudden demise of one of the most colorful umpires the world has seen. Cricket fans the world over will never forget the jigs at nelson and its multiples. One vivid memory of mine was in KSCA ground at Bengaluru on the first day of a test match due to a beehive being distubed by stone made all the players on the ground to dive onto the ground to escape the marauding bees and David Shepp dived onto the ground.A sight i cannot forget. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

  • muizuzair on October 29, 2009, 3:09 GMT

    Its a sad news for cricket lovers world-over. David Shepherd and Dickie Bird are the best ever umpiring duo the cricketing world has ever known. A combination of fairness, strictness, friendliness, and superstition has always been great to watch. David Shepherd would be remembered for long. Thanks for being a role model and may your soul rest in peace.

  • insightfulcricketer on October 29, 2009, 2:24 GMT

    An embodiment of the truest sense of the word fairness in judgement. Dickie Bird and David Shepherd will always be counted as two icons of umpiring. At the fag end of his international career Sheph did make some clunker decisions but never could ever one question his intent. Sad moment but Sheph will be cherished by millions. Very few do that.

  • wibbly on October 29, 2009, 2:03 GMT

    shep was a great umpire and a true gentleman...in many ways he represented what was so wonderful about cricket...i think he was one of the last of his kind...we already know that the game will never be what it was, the passing of shep and others reminds us of this

  • rienzied on October 29, 2009, 1:04 GMT

    His 111 little hop skip and jump was just so brilliant. I must say , he was like, Dickie, as honest as you could get. Unlike a certain australian hair raising umpire, is decisions were not with prejudice. He will be missed and the world of cricket was really much better off with him.

  • INDIAN_TIIGER on October 28, 2009, 23:19 GMT

    Long Live... Sir David Shepherd....you will be always remembered for your 'JIG' and your friendly approach towards all the players and off course 'FAIR and UNBIASED' decisions.

  • shahsabg on October 28, 2009, 22:24 GMT

    he is great human and gerat cricket person,,,,,,God bless him

  • evenflow_1990 on October 28, 2009, 22:11 GMT

    A forthright umpire who never intentionally made a false decision. true gentleman. R.I.P

  • DocBindra on October 28, 2009, 22:07 GMT

    Shep, you are (were) one of the great Umpires of all time...it was an honour and privilege to have met, a true gentleman and an even greater human being. That is the biggest compliment I can give. RIP, cricket and fans will never forget you. Everytime the Nelsons will never be the same without you but they will be synonymous with you forever!!

  • knowledge_eater on October 28, 2009, 22:03 GMT

    He was the best umpire that cricket have ever produced. I must say he was one of the jolliest umpire. RIP Shep. you will always be alive in cricket.

  • Gilliana42 on October 28, 2009, 21:24 GMT

    Dave was an engaging and amusing character that gave colour to the game. Who can forget his one leg stance when the score was 111. A strict umpire that stood no nonsense. But he was fair. Cricket has lost another stalwart and he will be sadly missed. My sincere condolonces go to the cricketing fraternity of the Glouchester CC and Devon.

  • AyrtonS on October 28, 2009, 21:24 GMT

    A true class act,oncompromising integrity and English to boot . Cricket has suffered a great loss today. He will never be forgotten.

  • josephdas on October 28, 2009, 20:47 GMT

    Umpire Shepherd's cricketing period was truly enjoyable. His presence in the middle elevated the standard of the game bit further. May he rest in peace.

  • nookey on October 28, 2009, 20:42 GMT

    I am literally shocked to hear this news. Although Pakistani team never had good time with him, but I never had any hard feelings for him. He was a true gentleman. I remember the presentation ceremony of his last test (West Indies Vs Pakistan) he was leaving after receiving the shield and the presenter said, "Dave it's Nelson." and on his way back, he hopped...

    RIP Shep!

  • pando on October 28, 2009, 20:39 GMT

    I am a poorer man for not ever having met Shep, but what an inspiration he was to hundreds of us umpires worldwide. You can have all your 3rd umps and hawkeyes and the like, but there is far more to being a great umpire than getting decisions right - and Shep had it. Here is a chance for the ICC to recognise this great man - rename the ICC umpire of the year as the David Shepherd Memorial Award. He embodied everything the Spirit of Cricket stands for. C'mon Cricinfo, lets lobby! Nick.

  • veeru.g on October 28, 2009, 20:21 GMT

    you are the best umpire in cricket history.loved by cricket fans all over the world for your outstadning umpiring.thanks a lot for your entertainment.we all miss you.may your soul rest in peace.

  • Arsh on October 28, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    Very sad. Just few days ago I was going through his profile on cricinfo and smiling to myself.

  • hzpata on October 28, 2009, 19:53 GMT

    shocking news brillent umpire in the history of cricket he is no more,,,,reallly shocking news

  • zafarthorpe on October 28, 2009, 19:45 GMT

    R.I.P. DAVID SHEPERD. CRICKET WILL MISS HIM...

  • calypsocricket on October 28, 2009, 19:36 GMT

    Never imagined it would have ended so early for you Shep. I'll miss that little jig of yours. I am sure you had lots of fun in the sun old boy. R.I.P

  • rupinder1 on October 28, 2009, 19:21 GMT

    shep thx for all the service...u were a true legend in ur own right..u will be missed and no one can replace u...RIP

  • Rocksprince on October 28, 2009, 18:51 GMT

    david shepherd was one of the most respected and outstanding umpires of his time.the amazing precision and accuracy of his decisions made him a real ambassador of international cricket.with his characteristic one legged hop on th score of nelson or the way of raising his finger added a new dimension to the test matches and ODIs.truly he is claimed as one of the best umpires of all times all the newbies must look upon him as their inspiration and strive to work like this man.

  • GEOFFL on October 28, 2009, 18:43 GMT

    a real 'Devon Dumpling' of the very best order - all cricketers will mourn his passing

  • Rajesh. on October 28, 2009, 18:39 GMT

    In my opinion The best umpire cricket has ever had ! he one who comes closest is Simon Taufel. I'm shocked & saddened.... Never knew Shep had cancer, was wondering what was he doing after his retirement from umpiring.

    Your memories will stay as long as cricket is played Shep........ Thanks for everything, RIP

  • icefresh on October 28, 2009, 18:11 GMT

    Good old Shep. He brought a freshness and a sense of humour to an otherwise lonely and thankless job. Along with his superstitious idiosyncrasies - among which his ungainly one-legged balancing act on "Nelson" scores was my favourite - he was a bit of an innovator too. As far as I can recall, he was the the first to add some flair to the dull signaling routines. The fluttering palm during boundary signal was a huge hit when it was first introduced.

    Cricket indeed has lost a great ambassador. Thanks Shep and Rest In Peace m8.

  • milind00 on October 28, 2009, 18:11 GMT

    thats really sad to know this... shephy... one of my fav umpire... typical gol gappa.... n how wil i forget his jumpin skill whenever the scorecard showed 111 or 222.... we love u shephy... we miss u... R.I.P

  • zmanhed on October 28, 2009, 18:10 GMT

    he was the best umpire in the world of cricket which we have seen. Thanks for all the service u have provided david, may ur soul rest in peace

  • Sujan Rao on October 28, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    Nelson will never be the same again without you Dav.. We'll miss you :(

  • Seb_the_Kraut on October 28, 2009, 18:01 GMT

    I'm utterly devastated. What a great man he was. I shall never forget his hop, skip and jump. A big salute to you, David, from the greatest cricket fan in Germany.

  • ssenthil on October 28, 2009, 17:49 GMT

    Sad News. His soul rest in peace. Wonderful person. We can't see such a great umpire with humour again.

  • mikc on October 28, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    you was the one of the greatest umpire and a legendary player too. The whole cricket world and its fans r really gonna miss u a lot.....

  • p4parihar on October 28, 2009, 17:25 GMT

    Really A Legend . We all miss you SHEP.

  • Gangs1979 on October 28, 2009, 17:20 GMT

    Truly a great character of the game! Will be missed by the all cricket loving human beings. May his soul rest in peace

  • Ilin on October 28, 2009, 17:19 GMT

    very tragic news.sad day of cricket.he was the best judge of lbw decisions.no one topped him in that department till now.also he was far far better than bucknor.cricket game will always remember him.may his soul rest in peace.

  • Zeth on October 28, 2009, 17:08 GMT

    My Beloved Dave... "Stumps" came much too soon for you! Gues you'll be enjoying "Tea" in a much better place now. Thanks for the fairness, humour and passion in every match you umpired!

  • prabwal on October 28, 2009, 16:54 GMT

    may you rest in peace sir....we will miss u very much....

  • NeilM on October 28, 2009, 16:51 GMT

    What a great umpire & gentleman ... RIP Shep!! Thanks for your service to this beautiful game.

  • Atif80 on October 28, 2009, 16:51 GMT

    We will miss him, especially his "Nelsen" rituals.

  • Aahd on October 28, 2009, 16:25 GMT

    An officiating superstar of the game, Shepperd was one of my favorites along with Dikie Bird, and now Taufel and Daar.

  • arjung07 on October 28, 2009, 16:23 GMT

    He was a disciplined umpire. The thing i noticed about him was that he never used to get influenced by others in his decision making. He was very sure of what he was doing. Even when he made mistakes, he always seems to be cool about it. He was the guy who saw a bigger picture. Nice gentleman and well respected. May god rest his soul in peace. Thank you David for all you did.

  • Percy_Fender on October 28, 2009, 16:18 GMT

    David Sheppard was indeed a legend. When one thought of traditional cricket and the men who would control the game the images that one would get was of Dickie Bird and David Sheppard. David Sheppard was thoroughly professional in his approach and was English in every sense of the word even if he came across as a jolly good fellow to viewers all over the world. He perhaps knew he was good and so held in high esteem in the cricketing world. He was one of the umpires in the 2004 series between India and Pakistan. I remember him answering questions in Hindi after the series. He seemed most comfortable speaking Hindustani. When one saw Bird and Sheppard walking out in a Test match one could sit back and follow the game assured that decisions would never be biased even if he has indeed made the odd mistake or two. David Sheppard will forever be remembered vey fondly by people who have followed the game for long like myself. Farewell David We will all miss you.

  • bohurupi on October 28, 2009, 15:15 GMT

    One of cricket's great umpire...

  • ashwinsanth on October 28, 2009, 15:14 GMT

    he was the best umpire in the world...

  • CMIS on October 28, 2009, 15:08 GMT

    I once met him at the Lord's gift shop. He gave me his autograph on the back of a store receipt. He came across as a genuinely nice man, with not an ounce of the haughtiness one associates with famous people. May his soul rest in peace.

  • jmeasman on October 28, 2009, 14:58 GMT

    come on! too many messages describing him a best umpire but he also made so many mistakes. No doubt, as a person he is great but not a legend umpire.

  • Flemy on October 28, 2009, 14:58 GMT

    May Your Soul Rest in Peace Sir.

  • jmeasman on October 28, 2009, 14:53 GMT

    May have his soul rest in Peace. Yes he passed away and now everybody praising him but he also made so many mistakes. I remember his decisions which were totally wrong. I remember a crucial test match in 1981 pak-eng test series and he gave so many wrong decisions. As a man, no doubt he is very good but as an umpire he is all mortal.

  • robheinen on October 28, 2009, 14:39 GMT

    After your struggle with the most dreaful disease you can now celebrate nelson on the field of eternity.

  • toogood2tell on October 28, 2009, 14:16 GMT

    One of the great Umpires to officiate the game. May his soul rest in peace!!!! What I remember about him was he made mistakes, but those were genuine human errors and accepted in right spirit by Players and Spectators, unlike some of the recent officiating controversies that the game was embroiled in.

    Of Course that crucial game AUS-SA game in 1999 WC where he was officiating and came accidentally in way of throw from Paul Rafael, which hit his bum, thank heavens Aussies won that game else I would have forever carried that grudge against him. Since he was basically not in position to watch the throw, since run-out decisions were already decided by 3rd umpires. That situation was more a result of 3rd umpire system, which according to me has brought down the quality of umpiring, as the level of alertness of onfield umpires has gone down, now that they are mere messengers of communication rather than officiating personnel

  • poderdubdubdub on October 28, 2009, 14:11 GMT

    Shep was the most joyful thing on the crickest pitch, he was the pride of the cricket umpiring. Shep you will live in the hearts of millions who admired your professional competence, enjoyed your company even on the TV screen and simply loved you. There won't be another Shep.

  • Nata on October 28, 2009, 14:08 GMT

    We will miss you sir! May your soul rest in peace!

  • Saifalikahan on October 28, 2009, 14:03 GMT

    David was the great person, All the cricketer and fans of the cricke will remember him and his decisions. He always look smily and was very positive man.

  • makkiekay on October 28, 2009, 13:47 GMT

    The world of cricket is poorer for his passing.A man who added so much to the spectacle may he be remembered forever more.

  • vijayshivakumar on October 28, 2009, 13:45 GMT

    Salute to the man whose decision was never dare to be questioned. It is the most invaluable loss for cricketing world. On the ending note, we just wannu say - 'THANK YOU' for all you did to cricket (Mr. Big)

  • mrx2 on October 28, 2009, 13:40 GMT

    David Shepard was my favorite ump, and the best umpire i have seen. May is soul R.I.P.

  • himanshukatyal on October 28, 2009, 13:39 GMT

    That is a bad news for the cricketing world. May your soul rest in peace.

  • TGDraper on October 28, 2009, 13:35 GMT

    This is very sad, Shep was a legend, we shall never forget his Nelson jig. RIP

  • Irudayaraj on October 28, 2009, 13:34 GMT

    You are Shepard for Umpiring in Fields. Now you made REST of us to Feel.

  • Ashishus on October 28, 2009, 13:29 GMT

    :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

  • love4_naman on October 28, 2009, 13:26 GMT

    wht a champion, great umpire full of joy v really mis u. heads of u sir.

  • Riderstorm on October 28, 2009, 13:24 GMT

    RIP David Sheperd.....!!!

    the whole cricket world will miss you ... you have been known for the appropriate decisions at crunch times and most famouly for making a thing out of 111 - the nelson!

  • vicky221084 on October 28, 2009, 13:19 GMT

    To me, Sir Shepherd was the best and he will remain the best ever. No matter how good umpires others are, but they can never replace the immaculate and consistent performance on the field as an umpire by Sir Shepherd. Rest In Peace Mr. Shepherd. We all love u forever. U will live in my heart and the millions other who loves u.

  • amitcool on October 28, 2009, 13:18 GMT

    its really a shocking news ,Cricket world lost a great person,great umpire.

    India peoples should miss him May his soul stay in peace.

  • jaidev_bhavya on October 28, 2009, 13:17 GMT

    MAY GOD REST YOUR SOUL IN PEACE SIR , THE WHOLE CRICKET WORLD WILL MISS YOU AND YOUR SMILE, REGARDS JAIDEV FROM INDIA.

  • sravan123 on October 28, 2009, 13:17 GMT

    In your passing you have left a void in the cricketing world.Your memories will never be forgotten.godspeed.

  • satty_boy on October 28, 2009, 13:08 GMT

    Hey Dave Shep, that was a bad decision by God. Maybe he wants a great soul like you up there... We'll misss you :( My condolence to the bereaved family.

  • tismylife_aussie on October 28, 2009, 13:07 GMT

    May god bless the soul.... Its really sad dat he departed us fighting cancer...

    Sir David Shepherd---RIP Ganesh From India

  • cric_freak88 on October 28, 2009, 13:04 GMT

    it;s a really sad news ...

    may his soul rest in peace !!

  • Test-Over-T20 on October 28, 2009, 13:03 GMT

    I am deeply sorry to his friends and family upon hearing this news, RIP

  • prasanthan on October 28, 2009, 12:59 GMT

    WE will miss your sir , whar a quality umpiring

  • delboy on October 28, 2009, 12:58 GMT

    Lesser nobles have been Knighted, R.I.P.

  • SomersetFox on October 28, 2009, 12:54 GMT

    Shep was an average county cricketer and I remember watching him chase a ball to the boundary at Grace Road many years ago thinking what a great game this is that it is open to all men of all shapes and sizes. As an umpire he was immense and ranks right at the top of his profession.

  • hero_hiralal on October 28, 2009, 12:37 GMT

    godspeed to the great field dave...we will miss you--from india

  • Bazz2202 on October 28, 2009, 12:21 GMT

    What a loss to the cricketing world. RIP Sir, well batted.

  • Geordie_Davyj on October 28, 2009, 12:18 GMT

    As an Aussie, I thought Shep was an ornament to the game and umpiring in general. I'm sure all cricket lovers in all countries will mourn his passing

  • JoshC on October 28, 2009, 12:15 GMT

    Goodbye dear Shep. What a champion - your cheerful spirit on the pitch always made watching the games you adjudicated fun. Thanks for everything, you're sorely missed.

  • nvdqa on October 28, 2009, 12:13 GMT

    We will miss you... In era of technology you have given some excellent decisions. I always enjoying David's work in the field.

    May he rest in peace.

  • Yayakhan on October 28, 2009, 12:08 GMT

    When ever people will think of great umpires...shep will always find a place there at the top...with his different lazy apperance he was one of the most accurate umpires of the game.

  • billy76 on October 28, 2009, 12:06 GMT

    Shep was a legend - a top umpire - one of the best. May he rest in peace.

  • kanchirk on October 28, 2009, 11:59 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace !!!

  • yescharny on October 28, 2009, 11:57 GMT

    Thanks for the memories Shep. What a quality umpire and person you were.

  • Sidhanta-Patnaik on October 28, 2009, 11:45 GMT

    111 - The Nelson! The family will miss you

  • bira on October 28, 2009, 11:43 GMT

    definitely sephred will be missed.he was the best on field umpire since dickie bird his celebration of nelsen figure was atreat to watch may his soul live in piece.

  • mohitbhartia on October 28, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    Really sorry to hear that. There was no news about his battle with cancer. May his soul rest in peace. He will always be regarded as one of the best to officiate international cricket and taken in the same breath as Dickie Bird. And his famous hopping when the score would be on " Nelson". A real jolly person to watch on TV and cricket will really miss him......

    God bless you Shep..

  • topeleven on October 28, 2009, 11:39 GMT

    It's a great loss to Cricket. His hop when the score is on Nelson will be remembered for many years to come. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Chappo on October 28, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    I am an Aussie cricket fan. It is sad to see the great man is no longer with us. I will miss his quirky little 111, 222, etc. dance moves in the middle.

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the Shepherd family. May Shep R.I.P.

  • 9ST9 on October 28, 2009, 11:30 GMT

    Shep was a legend and someone who made the cricketing world colorful. He s got a big following around the world. His death is a shock and may he Rest In Peace!!!

  • mohamed1984 on October 28, 2009, 11:30 GMT

    Its very sad news to hear... he is one of the greatest umpires.. MY DEEP CONDOLENCE TO HIS FAMILY MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

  • Toreador on October 28, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    I am currently reading a book by Umpire Dickie Bird, in which Shepard's antics feature regularly. We will miss his on field antics and his professionalism in the game. He has given cricket so much of himself and we are indebted to him. Prayers and thoughts go to his family.

  • magic_torch_jamie on October 28, 2009, 11:20 GMT

    Shep will be well missed. His instinct for how the game ought to be played and ability to apply it is something frm which many of the current elite umpires can learn. Shep was very much in the Dickie Bird mould, an ordinary batsman and a wonderful umpire of great character. Gloucestershire cricket has lost an icon.

  • Mr.niceguy on October 28, 2009, 11:17 GMT

    It 's big loss to the cricketing world As I am a sri lankan I remember him very well as he was the umpire in 1996 world cup final and he was doing the hop to bring good charm when the score was registering 111.

    May he rest in peace.

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  • Mr.niceguy on October 28, 2009, 11:17 GMT

    It 's big loss to the cricketing world As I am a sri lankan I remember him very well as he was the umpire in 1996 world cup final and he was doing the hop to bring good charm when the score was registering 111.

    May he rest in peace.

  • magic_torch_jamie on October 28, 2009, 11:20 GMT

    Shep will be well missed. His instinct for how the game ought to be played and ability to apply it is something frm which many of the current elite umpires can learn. Shep was very much in the Dickie Bird mould, an ordinary batsman and a wonderful umpire of great character. Gloucestershire cricket has lost an icon.

  • Toreador on October 28, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    I am currently reading a book by Umpire Dickie Bird, in which Shepard's antics feature regularly. We will miss his on field antics and his professionalism in the game. He has given cricket so much of himself and we are indebted to him. Prayers and thoughts go to his family.

  • mohamed1984 on October 28, 2009, 11:30 GMT

    Its very sad news to hear... he is one of the greatest umpires.. MY DEEP CONDOLENCE TO HIS FAMILY MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

  • 9ST9 on October 28, 2009, 11:30 GMT

    Shep was a legend and someone who made the cricketing world colorful. He s got a big following around the world. His death is a shock and may he Rest In Peace!!!

  • Chappo on October 28, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    I am an Aussie cricket fan. It is sad to see the great man is no longer with us. I will miss his quirky little 111, 222, etc. dance moves in the middle.

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the Shepherd family. May Shep R.I.P.

  • topeleven on October 28, 2009, 11:39 GMT

    It's a great loss to Cricket. His hop when the score is on Nelson will be remembered for many years to come. May his soul rest in peace.

  • mohitbhartia on October 28, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    Really sorry to hear that. There was no news about his battle with cancer. May his soul rest in peace. He will always be regarded as one of the best to officiate international cricket and taken in the same breath as Dickie Bird. And his famous hopping when the score would be on " Nelson". A real jolly person to watch on TV and cricket will really miss him......

    God bless you Shep..

  • bira on October 28, 2009, 11:43 GMT

    definitely sephred will be missed.he was the best on field umpire since dickie bird his celebration of nelsen figure was atreat to watch may his soul live in piece.

  • Sidhanta-Patnaik on October 28, 2009, 11:45 GMT

    111 - The Nelson! The family will miss you