Steve Bucknor

Steve Bucknor
Personal information
Full nameStephen Anthony Bucknor
Born(1946-05-31) 31 May 1946 (age 71)
Montego Bay, Jamaica
NicknameSlow Death
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Umpiring information
Tests umpired128 (1989-2009)
ODIs umpired181 (1989-2009)
FC umpired172 (1988-2009)
LA umpired221 (1978-2009)
Source: CricketArchive, 15 June 2013


Stephen Anthony “Steve” Bucknor, OJ (given birth to 31 Might 1946 in Montego Bay, Jamaica) is a former international cricket umpire. Bucknor umpired in an archive 128 Test fits between 1989 and 2009, and in addition umpired in 181 1 DAY Internationals during this time period, including five consecutive Cricket Globe Glass finals from 1992 to 2007. He was well known for his lengthy deliberations prior to making decisions, that he gained the nickname “Sluggish Loss of life”. Before getting an umpire, he was a soccer participant and referee, a higher school mathematics instructor and a sports activities coach. In October 2007, he was awarded the Order of Jamaica, Commander Class, for “exceptional services in neuro-scientific sports”.

Football goalkeeper

Bucknor played being a goalkeeper in Jamaican parish leagues in the 1960s. In 1964 he performed in objective for Jamaica within a schoolboy worldwide versus Brazil, which Jamaica drew 1-1.

Football referee

Bucknor was a FIFA referee within a CONCACAF and Globe Glass qualifier between Un Salvador and holland Antilles in 1988.

Cricket umpire

Bucknor's initial international cricket fixture was a 1 DAY International (ODI) between your Western world Indies and India at Antigua on 18 March 1989. His initial Check match was at Sabina Recreation area, Kingston, Jamaica, between 28 Apr and 3 Might 1989, using the contending teams again getting the Western world Indies and India. After umpiring in a few worldwide fits, he was chosen to umpire on the 1992 Cricket Globe Glass in Australia, and continued to stand in the ultimate despite getting quite inexperienced. Bucknor also stood within the next four Globe Glass finals in 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2007, using the 2007 Globe Cup occurring in his indigenous West Indies.In 1994 the ICC introduced an insurance plan whereby among the umpires in each Test match will be in addition to the competing nations, preferred in the International -panel of Umpires. Bucknor was an associate of this -panel from its base before ICC transformed its plan on umpires once again in 2002. Since that time both umpires in Check matches, and among the umpires in ODI's have already been in addition to the contending countries. The officials are actually chosen in the Elite -panel of ICC Umpires, whom the ICC consider to end up being the world's greatest umpires. Bucknor preserved a place over the Elite -panel from its base until his pension.IN-MAY 2006, he accused TV companies of doctoring their images to create umpires look poor and essential players look great. He was among five officials, in charge of the incorrect decision in the 2007 Globe Cup final, leading to play carrying on in poor light. As a result, all five officials had been suspended through the Twenty20 World Tournament in South Africa. Dave Richardson, the overall supervisor of cricket in the ICC, offers stated Bucknor's umpiring precision was at 96% during 2005-06, above the common of 94.8% for the Elite Panel. In 2007, he was short-listed for the Umpire of the entire year award, that was eventually earned by Simon Taufel. Items turned gradually worse in the next weeks, when he was eliminated from the ICC from officiating in the 3rd Check between Australia and India in Perth after his many incorrect decisions added to India's beat in the next Check in Sydney in January 2008 & he was changed by Billy Bowden for the 3rd Test match. Previous umpire Dickie Parrot recommended that Bucknor got "eliminated on too much time", while Bucknor blamed Indian cricket plank BCCI's economic power for his ouster.The ICC confirmed on 23 Feb 2009 that Bucknor had made a decision to retire from umpiring in March 2009. His last Check match was another Check between South Africa and Australia at Cape City on 19–23 March, and his last 1 DAY International match was the 4th ODI between his indigenous Western world Indies and Britain at Barbados on 29 March, getting his 20-calendar year career as the official to a finish.

Achievements as an umpire

Cricket World Cup

Bucknor has stood while an onfield umpire in five Globe Cup tournaments, where he has officiated 44 fits including five finals.

Test match record

Bucknor keeps the record for probably the most Check fits umpired, and was the 1st umpire to have officiated in over 100 Check fits (he was later on joined with this variation by Rudi Koertzen). He offers stood in 14 Ashes Check fits and officiated in Bangladesh's 1st ever Check match. Bucknor offers officiated in the next highest quantity of ODIs, with Rudi Koertzen the just umpire to possess stood in even more ODIs.


Bucknor has received the ICC's Bronze Bails Honours for umpiring in 100 ODIs, aswell while the Golden Bails Honor for umpiring 100 Check matches.

International umpiring statistics and records

Match record Initial Last Total Assessments Western Indies v India in Kingston, Apr 1989 South Africa v Australia in Cape City, Mar 2009 128 ODIs Western Indies v India in St. John's, Mar 1989 Western Indies v Britain at Bridgetown, Mar 2009 181Bucknor may be the initial umpire to officiate all of the test playing countries at least one time (David Shepherd officiated in the all of the test playing countries before Bucknor however the match in Bangladesh didn't feature Bangladesh group).

Further reading

Silvera, Janet. (7 Oct 2007) Jamaica Gleaner Howzat? Company decisions make Bucknor popular. Tribute towards the retiring Steve Bucknor