Category Archives: Umpire

Michael Holding (West Indies) vs the Umpire

Bowling to an Australian, Holding sent a ball straight in to the Aussie batsman’s pads and launched a highly passionate appeal for LBW, only to have it turned down by the umpire.¬†Obviously¬†feeling that he had been cheated of a wicket, Holding took great offence to this decision.

After Holding had bowled his sixth ball, the umpire declared ‘over’, and as Holding retrieved his hat he looked the umpire in the eye and told him “At least you can count to six”

Merv Hughes (Australia) and Dickie Bird (England)

Universally known for being a first sledger, Merv Hughes was also keen for some banter with the umpires. During one match he asked Umpire Dickie Bird how far intpo the over he was

“Is that three ive had or is that three to come”

Bird’s response “Shut up Merv or ill no ball you for being a smart arse”