While the game is all definitely about its players, there is no denying the fact that an umpire plays a significant role. From ensuring that the matches are being played in the right spirit of the game, players are not bringing disrepute to the game to ensuring that the whole match concludes on a good note, umpires have their plates full with the responsibility when they walk out on the ground. The umpires also remain under severe pressure during the international games as even the smallest of mistakes can change the course of the game.
At the same time, their unthankful job is also a tiring one. While the players get a chance to relax in the dressing room during one part of the match, the umpires do not get the luxury. So as the year is approaching its end, we are taking a look at five umpires who officiated the most number of T20 Internationals this year.
5. Ahmed Shah Durrani, Ahsan Raza, Chris Brown, Alex Dowdalls, Shaun George, Wayne Knights, Nandan, Buddhi Pradhan, Tabarak Dar:
At number nine in this list are as many as nine umpires – Ahmed Shah Durrani, Ahsan Raza, Chris Brown, Alex Dowdalls, Shaun George, Wayne Knights, Nandan, Buddhi Pradhan, Tabarak Dar. All of them have officiated in 4 T20I this year.
4. Gregory Brathwaite, Joel Wilson, Alan Neill:
With five matches to their name this year, Gregory Brathwaite, Joel Wilson, Alan Neill are fourth in the list.
3. Ahmed Shah Pakteen:
Afghanistan’s Ahmed Shah Pakteen is third in this list, having officiated six T20 Internationals in 2017.
2. Anil Chaudhary, Shozab Raza:
India’s Anil Chaudhary and Pakistan’s Shozab Raza are joint-second in the list with 7 T20 Internationals to their name.
1. Nitin Menon:
India’s Nitin Menon leads the list after officiating in eight T20 Internationals this year.