Drawing: ‘Dickie’ Bird

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Cricket’s most famous umpire Harold Dennis “Dickie” Bird has officiated in 54 test matches, the most in a single nation (England). Between 1973 – 1996, the Yorkshireman umpired 66 tests and 69 ODIs.

This year, on his 80th birthday, he ‘selected’  his greatest test XI: Sunil Gavaskar, Barry Richards, Sir Vivian Richards, Greg Chappell, Sir Garfield Sobers, Graeme Pollock, Allan Knott, Imran Khan, Dennis Lillee, Shane Warne, Lance Gibbs. An interesting  omission – no Sir Don Bradman!

Dickie signed my caricature at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, New Zealand during the test against Pakistan in February 1994 which he umpired with Brian Aldridge.

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