Billy Bowden's umpiring days virtually over after getting axed from NZC's international panel

AP, Jun, 16 2016

Wellington: Flamboyant New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden may have stood in his last international match after being dropped from New Zealand Cricket's (NZC) international panel.

The 53-year-old Bowden, who officiated in 84 tests and 200 one-day internationals over 21 years, amused cricket fans with his eccentric signals, especially the crooked finger with which he indicated dismissals.

File picture of Billy Bowden. Getty Images

File picture of Billy Bowden. Getty Images

Bowden insisted he couldn't extend the finger because of arthritis.

He was dropped from the International Cricket Council's (ICC) elite panel in 2013, returned in 2014 but was omitted again after umpiring the Test between the West Indies and England in Barbados in May, 2015.

Bowden umpired his 200th one-day international when New Zealand played Australia in Wellington in February.

Meanwhile, Indian umpire S Ravi has retained his place in ICC's 'Elite Panel', while C Shamshuddin has been elevated to 'Emerging Panel'.

Published Date: Jun 16, 2016 | Updated Date: Jun 16, 2016



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1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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2 England 1962 123
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4 West Indies 2222 117
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