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February 20, 2014
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Take umpiring seriously - Malcolm
Jermaine Lannaman, Star Writer


Former umpire Norman Malcolm (centre) assists a West Indies player during a one-day international. - file

Recently retired West Indies umpire Norman Malcolm believes more persons should take the profession a bit more seriously given recent developments in the game globally.

Malcolm, who recently made public his retirement from the international arena after standing in 27 one-day and seven Twenty20 internationals, said this was a result of a growing demand for umpires at the various local, regional and international levels.

viable career

Malcolm believes to go with this demand there has also been an increase in salaries and allowances that are associated with the profession.

"Being a professional umpire is now a viable career option as persons can make a career and earn a decent living," said Malcolm.

"This is so given the changing landscape of the sport globally, especially as it relates to Twenty20 cricket, which is bringing more money into the game."

Meanwhile, Malcolm, who was also recently re-elected president of the Jamaica Cricket Umpires Association (JCUA), said part of his new mandate will be to increase the recruitment of tertiary graduates into the profession.

"People tend to wait until they have retired from cricket before they become an umpire, however, we intend to embark on a somewhat new pathway," Malcolm outlined.

various sports

"We now want people to be able to leave tertiary institutions and become an umpire, and over the course of time we plan to partner with the various sports colleges and universities to make this a reality."

Malcolm, who is also treasurer and assistant secretary of the West West Indies Cricket Umpires Association, has been head of the JCUA since 2002 when he took over from Johnny Gayle.

Jamaica currently has two umpires on the West Indies senior panel in Patrick Gustard and Verdayne Smith.

The country also has four on the West Indies panel of emerging umpires in Chris Taylor, Athol Hamilton, Chris Wright and Jacqueline Williams.

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