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 Test matches this year.
5. Ian Gould and Joel Wilson:
At fifth on this list are umpires Ian Gould and Joel Wilson. Both of them officiated in 5 matches in 2017.
4. S Ravi, Chris Gaffaney, Paul Reiffel, Richard Illingworth:
S Ravi, Chris Gaffaney, Paul Reiffel and Richard Illingworth are fourth in the list, having officiated six Tests this year.
3. Kumar Dharmasena:
The Sri Lankan cricketer-turned-commentator stood in 7 Tests this year which makes him the umpire with third-most appearances in Test cricket this year.
2. Richard Kettleborough, Rod Tucker, Marais Erasmus and Aleem Dar:
As many as four umpires are at the second position. Richard Kettleborough, Rod Tucker, Marais Erasmus and Aleem Dar have officiated 8 Tests this year.
1. Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford:
The top position is held by Nigel Llong and Bruce Oxenford. Both of them are the only two umpires to reach the double-digit mark this year, having officiated in 10 games.