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| ICC to pay homage to Steve Bucknor|
| Updated at: 1644 PST, Monday, February 23, 2009|
DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) will pay a glowing tribute to umpire Steve Bucknor, who has decided to retire from officiating in international cricket next month.
"Steve's contribution to our great sport over two decades at the top level of umpiring has been immense. We will pay Steve the tribute for his outstanding service to the game merits once his final appointments have been completed," ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said.
"To have remained as one of the game's top officials for that length of time has required Steve to be self-motivated, confident and well respected, and he has all those qualities in abundance, while at the same time remaining a very humble man," Lorgat added.
The 62-year-old Jamaican's last Test assignment will be the third match between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town from March 19, while the two ODIs between West Indies and England in Barbadoes will be his last match commitment at international level.
"In the meantime, I know that Steve, being the understated man that he is, will want to focus on the job at hand, that of getting things right on the field, something he has done as well as any other umpire in the history of the game," Lorgat said in an ICC release.
Bucknor officiated in a record 126 Tests and 179 ODIs, including every World Cup final since 1992.