West Indies news August 23, 2014

Former umpire Douglas Sang Hue dies

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Former Jamaican umpire Douglas Sang Hue died aged 82 on Friday morning in Kingston, the Jamaica Observer has reported.

In a career spanning more than 25 years, Sang Hue umpired 31 Tests in the West Indies, as well as an ODI featuring Pakistan in Kingston in 1988. During the 1972-73 home series against Australia, Sang Hue became the first umpire to stand in all five Tests of a series in the West Indies, a feat he repeated the following season against England.

Sang Hue was involved in a controversy on the second day of the first Test between West Indies and England in Port-of-Spain in February 1974. Facing the last ball of the day from left-arm spinner Derek Underwood, Bernard Julien played a forward defensive-stroke. Alvin Kallicharran, Julien's partner at the other end, immediately walked up the pitch towards the pavilion assuming the day's play was over.

However, Tony Greig, fielding at silly point, threw down the stumps at the bowler's end. After hesitating for a few minutes, Sang Hue, who had not called time, adjudged Kallicharran to be run-out. Later, following crowd trouble in the stadium, a meeting involving the two captains, the umpires, the England tour manager as well as representatives of the WICB was hastily convened, and Kallicharran was reinstated.

In 1977, after a summer spent umpiring in England, Sang Hue signed up for Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket and was subsequently dropped by the West Indies Cricket Board. He returned to umpire three Tests in 1981, and continued standing in domestic cricket until 1988.

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  • Steve on August 24, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    May he RIP. BTW, isn't he the guy who refused to give Richards LBW on the Ind-WI test series in 1975-76 series? I remember Ind captain in that series, Bedi, recalling that the Umpire saying something to the effect, "You will leave, I need to live here" when asked about the decisions.

  • Dummy4 on August 23, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Condolences to the family of Umpire Sang-Hue. He was a great servant of Jamaica, West Indies and world cricket and he played a great innings. Walk good, sir.

  • Dummy4 on August 23, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    thank you mr. sang hue for your services to cricket. he was the little man who was big on the field of play, even bigger when his finger went up

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