JAMAICA: Steve Bucknor has announced that he will retire from umpiring at international level in March. The third Test between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town from March 19 to 23 will be his last Test while the two upcoming ODIs between West Indies and England in Barbados on March 27 and 29 will be his last one-day international assignments. "I have notified the ICC that the South Africa versus Australia series will be my last Test series," Bucknor, 62, told the local daily. "The body is feeling quite good and I know I could go on for another two or three years. However, something inside me is telling me that it is time to go." Bucknor, who began his international umpiring career in 1989, has officiated in a record 126 Tests. He has also stood in 179 ODIs, including five consecutive World Cup finals since 1992 - the most by any umpire. Bucknor has been on the ICC's elite panel since 2002.
Steve Bucknor seems to be following the glorious Australian tradition of announcing a farewell series for a legend. And surprisingly he has taken a good decision. Australia (the team closest to his heart)will be a part of his 'final hurrah' series.
If Bucknor seriously thinks that his body could go on for another 2-3 years, one shudders at the grand delusion he has been living his life in. A decision that should have been taken 2-3 years back is being portrayed as a brave one, by the man who always took his own sweet time to decide.
At least he has raised his finger before the 3rd Umpire was referred to.
Tx SP. The buck never stopped with him.Especially during his recent umpiring stints.And I am not even accusing him of any bias here. Pure incompetence. Sad way to be remembered after a fine career.
Buck had given u a fulltoss to be at ur sarcy best sir !!
sarcasm is a dish best served cold :)