Bird made honorary life member

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Legendary umpire Dickie Bird has been made an honorary life member of the ECB Association of Cricket Officials - the highest award the organisation can bestow on a member.

The 78-year-old, who stood in 66 Tests and 69 one-day international's, was recognised for his services to cricket and charity and will be formally presented with the award at the ECB ACO National Conference later this year.

"It's very kind of the ECB ACO to make me an honorary life member," said Bird. "I'm delighted to accept."

After playing 93 first-class games for Yorkshire and Leicestershire, which included a top score of 181 not out, Bird turned his attentions to umpiring and instantly made his name.

His international career began in 1973, with England v New Zealand at Headingley, and concluded 23 years later when he took charge of England's Test with India at Lord's.

During that time he umpired at four World Cups, three of which he stood at the final, and in 1986 was awarded an MBE.

A full length article on Dickie Bird appears in the spring ECB ACO Newsletter.