28
Oct
09

David Shepherd


David Shepherd was(ya he died of cancer today) one of my favorite empires, for quite a few reasons other than awesome umpiring. Liked his chubby face and some of his superstition gimmicks including leg hopping at Nelson Score.

So I thought I put up a post as a tribute to him.

David Shepherd

Shepherd was a renowned international umpire and officiated in 172 ODIs, including three consecutive World Cup finals, and 92 Tests between 1983 and 2005.

Shepherd was appointed a first-class umpire in 1981, and made his international debut at the 1983 World Cup. He would go onto become one of the game’s most decorated and beloved officials.

His last Test match was between West Indies and Pakistan in Kingston in June 2005 – after which Brian Lara presented him with a bat inscribed with a message thanking him for “the service, the memories and the professionalism” – and his final county appearance came at his former home ground of Bristol. Shepherd had represented Gloucestershire as a batsman over a 14-year career, which included 282 first-class matches and 12 centuries.

He died after a long battle with cancer. He was 68. RIP

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