10 best cricket umpires in the world of all time

Anthony Lloyd Hill

Anthony Lloyd Hill or simply Tony Hill to the Cricket World is a retired Kiwi umpire. Tony started his umpiring career in 1998 during an ODI game between New Zealand and Zimbabwe. 

Srinivas Venkataraghavan

Srinivas Venkataraghavan will always be in the history books of Indian Cricket as the captain of the first two Cricket World Cups. But if you dig a little dipper, Venkat, as he was commonly called, is also the only Indian umpire to make it to the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires

Daryl Harper

Daryl Harper had an incredible 17-year career in umpiring where he became the first Australian Umpires in 2002. He received ‘ICC Bronze Bails Award’ in 2005 for completing 100 ODI games in international cricket.


Koertzen has received ICC Bronze, Silver, and Golden Bails Awards and is the only umpire to receive all three of them. He also became the first umpire to stand in 200 ODIs.

Billy Bowden

Bowden made his ODI debut in 1995 during New Zealand vs Sri Lanka game at Hamilton. He also became part of ICC’s very first Elite Panel in 2002 and was a regular in almost every ICC tournament for the next decade or so.

Aleem Dar

The 51-year-old has officiated the finals of all three ICC tournaments – World Cup, Champions Trophy, and T20 World Cup. A member of ICC’s Elite Panel, Aleem Dar was the one to break Simon Taufel’s dominance over the best umpire award, 

Steve Bucknor

Bucknor also officiated a football game as a FIFA referee back in 1988 – A World Cup qualifier between El Salvador and the Netherlands Antilles.

David Shepherd

Another legendary name in the umpiring world, David Shepherd was a fine batsman during his time. The Englishman has scored 10,000 plus runs in First-class cricket.

Simon Taufel

Taufel shockingly retired in 2012 at just the age of 41 but took on a new challenge as ICC’s Umpire Performance and Training Manager.

Dickie Bird

Harold Dennis “Dickie” Bird – Arguably the best cricket umpire of all time! The Englishman was loved by everyone in the cricket world, fans, opponents, players, and experts during his 23-year umpiring career.