An experienced umpire who can make correct judgements even under pressure adds a different dimension to any cricketing contest with the spirit of the game maintained even in an ugly contest. Let’s take a look at 5 umpires with the experience of the most number of international matches:
Simon Taufel (282 matches).
Simon Taufel was a retired Australian Cricket umpire who earlier was a member of ICC Elite umpire panel too. He had won 5 consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year awards between 2004 to 2008 as well. Taufel was considered as the Best Umpire in cricketing history during that time. Taufel he has umpired in 282 International Matches which includes 74 Tests, 174 ODIs and 34 T20Is.
Billy Bowden (308 matches).
Billy Bowden was a cricket umpire from New Zealand. He started as a player but later after suffering from rheumatoid arthritis decided to become an umpire. He has been known for his unique style of signalling, amongst which one of the most famous was the crooked finger of doom signal. In total, he has umpired in 308 International Matches which includes 84 Tests, 200 ODIs and 24 T20Is.
Steve Bucknor (309 matches).
Steve Bucknor has umpired in a record 128 Tests during the period between 1989 to 2009. He has umpired in 181 ODIs too i.e. 309 in total which makes it all the more special including 5 consecutive World Cup Finals between 1992 to 2007. He was famously known for his long wait before making decisions, therefore he earned a nickname of Slow death. Bucknor was a football player, mathematics teacher, sports coach and referee before becoming a referee.
Rudi Koertzen (331 matches).
Rudi Koertzen is a former international cricket umpire born in Knysna in Western Cape, South Africa. He was a cricket enthusiast since his youth and has also played in cricketing leagues while working as a clerk in the South African Railways. He became an umpire in 1981 and umpired in 331 International Matches which includes 108 Tests, 209 Odis and 14 T20Is.
Aleem Dar (332 matches).
Aleem Dar is a Pakistani cricket umpire and a member of ICC Elite umpire panel too. He has won three consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year awards in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Before becoming an umpire he used to play First-class cricket for Allied Bank, Gujranwala Cricket Association, Lahore and Pakistan Railways as a right-handed batsman and a Leg-break bowler. He has umpired in the most number of International Matches i. e. 332 which includes 117 Tests, 190 Odis and 43 T20Is.