Full name Ian Lester Howell
Born May 20, 1958, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province
Current age 58 years 71 days
Major teams Border, Eastern Province
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium
|First-class span||1981/82 - 1997/98|
|List A span||1981/82 - 1997/98|
|Test debut||South Africa v Sri Lanka at Cape Town, Jan 2-4, 2001 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v India at The Oval, Aug 9-13, 2007 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England v Zimbabwe at Cape Town, Jan 28, 2000 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Kenya v Netherlands at Potchefstroom, Apr 19, 2009 scorecard|
|T20I debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg, Oct 21, 2005 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v West Indies at Port Elizabeth, Dec 16, 2007 scorecard|
In his playing days as a first-class cricketer for Border and Eastern Province, Ian Howell had some success as a bits-and-pieces allrounder, scoring 3767 runs in 119 matches at 26.90, and taking 243 first-class wickets at 35.74 with his left-arm medium pace. He qualified as an umpire after his playing career finished in 1998, and stood in his first international when Sri Lanka came to Cape Town in January 2001. However, it wasn't until 2005 that he became a regular fixture on the international circuit. In December 2006 he became the first umpire to officiate in his native country since the introduction of the elite panel in 2002, when Mark Benson withdrew from a Test in Centurion due to heart palpitations. A "not-outer" by instinct, Howell's reputation suffered during India's tour of England in 2007, when he was involved in a series of poor decisions.
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"