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Collier pays tribute to Shepherd

ECB Association of Cricket Officials

David Shepherd

David Shepherd waves to the crowd after umpiring at his last international match between England and Australia

The England and Wales Cricket Board today paid tribute to one of the game's greatest umpires, David Shepherd, who has passed away at the age of 68.

David Collier, ECB chief executive, said that he was deeply saddened by the news of David Shepherd's death and added: "Shep was not only one the greatest umpires of all time but he was also a friend to all involved in cricket.

"His cheery personality created a wonderful atmosphere at every match in which he was involved and he will be sadly missed by everyone involved in cricket throughout the world."

David Robert Shepherd was born in Bideford in Devon on December 27, 1940 and played first-class cricket for Gloucestershire between 1965 and 1979.

After retiring he became an umpire in 1981 and was quickly elevated to Test match status in 1985. By then he had already stood in the 1983 World Cup. He officiated in six World Cups in all - including three finals.

It was his skill as a umpire and the respect he generated among the players for which he will be best remembered during a career which included 92 Test matches and 172 one-day internationals.