World Cup Cricket Umpires

In the game of cricket, an umpire is a person who has the authority to make judgments on the cricket field. Cricket is a sport that is played around the world in several different countries. An umpire is responsible for the calling of many rules of the game and also keeps the record of the deliveries and announces the completion of an over. A cricket umpire is not to be confused with the referee who usually supervises only over international matches and makes no decisions affecting the result of the game.

Here is the list of umpires who have umpired in the major matches of the World Cup Tournaments:

1. World Cup 1975: The first semi-final of World Cup 1975 was umpired by Bill Alley of Australia and David Constant of Wiltshire and the second semi-final was umpired by Lloyd Budd of Hampshire and Arthur Fagg of Kent .  The final of World Cup 1975 was umpired by Dickie Bird and Tom Spencer of England.

Dickie Bird umpired in 66 Test matches and 69 One Day Internationals including 3 World Cup Finals.
Dickie Bird umpired in 66 Test matches and 69 One Day Internationals including 3 World Cup Finals.

2. World Cup 1979: The first semi-final of World Cup 1979 was umpired by John Langridge of England and Ken Palmer of England and the second semi-final was umpired by Lloyd Budd of Hampshire and David Constant of Wiltshire. The final of World Cup 1979 was umpired by Dickie Bird and Barrie Meyer of England.

3. World Cup 1983: The first semi-final of World Cup 1983 was umpired by David Evans and Don Oslear of England and the second semi-final was umpired by David Constant of Wiltshire and Alan Whitehead of England. The final of World Cup 1983 was umpired by Dickie Bird and Barrie Meyer of England.

4. World Cup 1987: The first semi-final of World Cup 1987 was umpired by Dickie Bird and David Shepherd of England and the second semi-final was umpired by Tony Crafter of Australia and Steve Woodward of New Zealand. The final of World Cup 1987 was umpired by Ram Gupta of India and Mahboob Shah of Pakistan.

David Shepherd  was awarded the MBE for services to cricket in 1987
David Shepherd was awarded the MBE for services to cricket in 1987

5. World Cup 1992: The first semi-final of World Cup 1992 was umpired by Steve Bucknor of West Indies and David Shepherd of England and the second semi-final was umpired by Brian Aldridge of New Zealand and Steve Randell of Australia. The final of World Cup 1992 was umpired by Brian Aldridge of New Zealand and Steve Bucknor of West Indies.

Steve Bucknor holds the record for the most Test matches umpired
Steve Bucknor holds the record for the most Test matches umpired

6. World Cup 1996: The first semi-final of World Cup 1996 was umpired by Steve Dunne of New Zealand and Cyril Mitchley of South Africa and the second semi-final was umpired by BC Cooray of Sri Lanka and Srinivas Venkataraghavan of India. The final of World Cup 1996 was umpired by Steve Bucknor of West Indies and David Shepherd of England.

Srinivas Venkataraghavanwas honoured with the Padma Shri in 2003
Srinivas Venkataraghavanwas honoured with the Padma Shri in 2003

7. World Cup 1999: The first semi-final of World Cup 1999 was umpired by Darrel Hair of Australia and Peter Willey of England and the second semi-final was umpired by David Shepherd of England and Srinivas Venkataraghavan of India. The final of World Cup 1999 was umpired by Steve Bucknor of West Indies and David Shepherd of England.

Daryl Harper is an ambassador for The Adelaide Crows
Daryl Harper is an ambassador for The Adelaide Crows

8. World Cup 2003: The first semi-final of World Cup 2003 was umpired by Rudi Koertzen and David Shepherd of England and the second semi-final was umpired by Steve Bucknor of West Indies and Daryl Harper of Australia. The final of World Cup 2003 was umpired by Steve Bucknor of West Indies and David Shepherd of England.

Rudi Koertzen was nominated for the Umpire of the Year award in 2005 and 2006
Rudi Koertzen was nominated for the Umpire of the Year award in 2005 and 2006

9. World Cup 2007: The first semi-final of World Cup 2007 was umpired by Rudi Koertzen of South Africa and Simon Taufel of Australia. The second semi-final and final was umpired by Aleem Dar of Pakistan and Steve Bucknor of West Indies.

Aleem Dar became the first Pakistani to be part of the ICC Elite Umpire Panel
Aleem Dar became the first Pakistani to be part of the ICC Elite Umpire Panel

10. World Cup 2011: The first semi-final of World Cup 2003 was umpired by Aleem Dar of Pakistan and Steve Davis of Australia and the second semi-final was umpired by Ian Gould of England and Simon Taufel of Australia. The final of World Cup 2003 was umpired by Aleem Dar of Pakistan and Simon Taufel of Australia.

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