BILLY BOWDEN DEMOTED BY NEW ZEALAND CRICKET
International Cricket will now miss an Umpire with the crooked finger. Yes, BILLY BOWDEN the Kiwi Umpire has been dropped by New Zealand Cricket from their International panel. Bowden has been downgraded to the national panel. This means the Aucklander can only stand in the domestic matches in New Zealand.
Famous for his unusual mannerisms on the Cricket field, like raising a crooked finger to announce a dismissal, dancing his way to signal a boundary and raising bent fingers to signal a half a dozen – Bowden has stood in 84 Tests, 200 ODIs and 24 T20 internationals after starting as an international umpire way back in 1995.
The 53-year old Aucklander was cut from the elite panel in 2013, reinstated a year later and but dropped once again last year.
Cricket fans all around the world used to laugh and have fun with the antics of Bowden. He was surely one of his kind and one of the rare character on the Cricket field.