|Ground:||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur|
|Scorecard:||India v Australia|
|Event:||Australia in India 2008/09|
Billy Bowden of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires has today joined the elite of the elite by standing in his 50th Test as India takes on Australia in the final match of the four-Test series in Nagpur.
Bowden becomes just the 10th umpire in the history of the game to stand in 50 Tests or more and he is the sixth member of the current Emirates Elite Panel to reach that milestone.
To mark the occasion, the match referee Chris Broad will make a presentation to the New Zealander on behalf of the ICC.
“I would like to congratulate Billy on his achievement,” said ICC Umpires’ and Referees’ Manager Vince van der Bijl.
“Billy has been one of the most consistent and well-respected officials of recent years and this achievement is an indication of the level of commitment he has shown to his umpiring and to the game of cricket in general.
“When he first emerged on the international scene, Billy adopted a very fresh and at times flamboyant style. I am glad that he has always managed to maintain his own unique character but he also honed his approach to umpiring in a mature way that is more in keeping with his status as a senior member of the elite panel.
“Excellence on the field for officials does not come automatically. It requires constant development of skills and our elite umpires work hard to stay at the top of their game.
“I know that Billy takes great pride in what he does and so I am delighted that he has reached this important milestone,” said van der Bijl.
Having made his Test debut in a match between New Zealand and Australia in Auckland back in 2000, Bowden has since established himself as one of the world’s leading umpires. He has stood in two matches fewer than fellow elite panelist Aleem Dar and is now just three short of Simon Taufel’s tally of 53 Tests.
Apart from Tests, Bowden has also stood in 127 ODIs and five Twenty20 Internationals as well as being selected to officiate at the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2003 and 2007.
Umpire (span) Tests
Steve Bucknor (1989-2008) 124
Rudi Koertzen (1992-2008) 94
David Shepherd (1985-2005) 92
Darrell Hair (1992-2008) 78
Daryl Harper (1998-2008) 75
Srinivas Venkataraghavan (1993-2004) 73
Dickie Bird (1973-1996) 66
Simon Taufel (2000-2008) 53
Aleem Dar (2003-2008) 52
Billy Bowden (2000-2008) 50
For more information about ICC match officials go to: http://icc-cricket.yahoo.com/about-icc/match-officials.html