Umpiring as an Art Form

BBC feature on NZ cricket umpire, Billy Bowden, tracks his unlikely rise to the top of the white-coated ranks. Bowden fell into umpiring after rheumatoid arthritis halted his own career as a player. He has since made a name for himself as an on-field eccentric, who’s distinctive and flamboyant gestures have earned him more fans than detractors. Bowden – described by ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed as representing “the next generation” of umpires – is the first NZer to be admitted to umpiring’s elite panel.


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Bazball Revolution Could Change Test Cricket

Bazball Revolution Could Change Test Cricket

The England cricket team’s recent “fast and fearless”, and “wonderful”, approach to the game has been dubbed “Bazball”, after a nickname for England’s new coach, New Zealander Brendon McCullum who was…