Doctrove retires from international umpiring
The International Cricket Coucil (ICC) on Thursday confirmed that umpire Billy Doctrove has announced his retirement from umpiring and will not be seeking an extension to his contract which expires at the end of June.
Doctrove was due to officiate in the forthcoming One Day International (ODI) and Test series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, starting in Pallekele on Thursday, but has withdrawn from what would have been his last assignment as he had to return to Dominica due to a family bereavement.
As a result, the second Test between New Zealand and South Africa in Hamilton last March has turned out to be Doctrove’s last appearance as an elite panelist.
The 56-year-old stood in 38 Tests, 112 ODIs and 17 T20 internationals, including the final of the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 between England and Australia in Barbados.
Doctrove took charge of his first ODI on April 4 1998 in a match between the West Indies and England in Kingstown, St Vincent, and two years later in Antigua stood in his first Test between the West Indies and Pakistan.
Doctrove said that he had given his decision serious thought and consideration before making his final announcement.
“It has been an incredible 14 years for me as an international umpire and I have enjoyed every moment of it,” he said.
“It has been a dream journey and to supervise international matches which were played by many great players at iconic venues.
“I am also honoured and privileged to have been part of the transformation process in cricket with the introduction of technology which is now considered as an integral component of international cricket and the introduction of the revolutionary Twenty20 format.” Doctrove added that umpiring the Twenty20 final was an unforgetable highlight in his career.
“I am extremely thankful to my family and friends worldwide, for their support and encouragement that they afforded to me during my career,” he said.
“I would also like to thank the WICB [West Indies Cricket Board] and the ICC for the many opportunities they provided me to serve this wonderful game.”