The Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers, (ACU&S) was formed in 1953 and is the only organisation which represents umpires and scorers throughout the world. They hadapproaching 9,000 individual Members. Whilst most of these were based in the United Kingdom, they had Members in more than 50 countries worldwide, including all the Test playing countries.
Members ranged from those who umpire in Test matches to those who umpire on the village green.
The Association had close links with the England and Wales Cricket Board Ltd (ECB), the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the International Cricket Council (ICC). In England, all new recruits to the First Class Umpires List required ACU&S qualifications, and Qualified Membership is mandatory for appointment to the ECB’s cup competitions and many senior leagues.
The Association welcomed new Members, and provided full training and examinations leading to qualification for umpires and scorers.
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Various sports would just not exist if we did not have umpires. These men and women have to deal with the various tantrums of the sporting stars as they work at enforcing the laws of the game and fight to preserve the integrity of the sport. However, perhaps we should feel sorry for them because often we only hear about their existence for the wrong reasons.
Umpires In Tennis.
Perhaps the most famous sport that uses an umpire as its main official is tennis and it is fair to say that a number of players have had a rather chequered history with them. Take John McEnroe for example. Now, he was a superb tennis player, but people often remember him simply because of the way in which he would argue with the umpire until he was blue in the face. This was of course to no avail because no umpire is ever going to change their mind simply because one of the biggest names in the sport has shouted at them.
Things Are Changing for sports umpires.
However, it does seem to be the case that things are changing slightly in the game of tennis as can be seen by an interesting fact from this year. As you may know, one of the top players is Rafa Nadal and he is certainly a big draw and tournament organizers want him to get to the important end of tournaments as they sell more tickets and get more advertising.
The problem is that this does give certain players a lot of power and it seems that Nadal has used his power to influence the decision as to who will umpire his matches. It all comes from a tournament in Rio where he had a slight disagreement with the umpire Carlos Bernardes. In a match, Bernardes ruled against Nadal who then shouted that he would never officiate him again. This was some months ago and you know what? Since then he has never officiated one of his matches.
Now, that would be perfectly reasonable if there were a huge number of top umpires, but that is not the case as there are only a handful that travel the world. How is it that a player can decide who officiates his matches in such a way?
So, should we feel sorry for umpires? Well think about the following:
- They sit there and have the eyes of the world on them and people waiting for them to make a mistake.
- They are shouted at by the players.
- They are only human.
- They travel the world and are not exactly paid millions.
Overall, perhaps we should feel sorry for them because it seems that they are not allowed to make mistakes when anybody else gets away with it without any problems. Just remember, without them there would be no tennis, so keep that in mind the next time you are puzzled about their role.
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