Local cricket umpires praised
President of the Jamaica Cricket Umpires Association (JCUA), Norman Malcolm, has expressed satisfaction with the state of umpires in Jamaica, and believes the profession is poised for growth.
Malcolm said he was also pleased with the growth of emerging umpires such as Patrick Gustard, Verdayne Smith, Athol Hamilton and Chris Taylor.
The quartet are currently on the list of West Indies Cricket Board second-tier 'B' Panel of umpires, and has been umpiring matches at the ICC women's cricket and regional first-class levels.
"We believe we have made significant accomplishments in our undertakings," Malcolm said, while addressing members of the association at their annual retreat at Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay recently.
"There have been some great trendsetters like Douglas Sang-Hue, Johnny Gayle and Steve Bucknor.
"These are people, who are all making strides and we are proud, as we believe we have moved from a stage of insignificance to a point of significance," he said.
The three-day retreat, held under the theme 'Staying Ahead of the Game', focused on lectures, seminars and guest presentations.
Other sessions reviewed amendments to areas such as Laws of the Game and Playing Conditions, Match Management, Recovering From an Error, Duties of the Standby Umpire, and Strategies for Effective Negotiation.