first_img Sharing is caring! 43 Views   no discussions Share Share LocalNewsSports Billy Doctrove retires from Elite Panel by: – June 7, 2012center_img Share Tweet Billy Doctrove. Photo credit: cricket24hours.comFifty-six year old Dominican umpire Billy Doctrove has announced his retirement from the Elite Panel, ending “a career in top-level umpiring in which he stood in 38 Tests, 112 ODIs and 17 T20Is, including the final of the ICC World Twenty20 2010 between England and Australia in Barbados” according to an ICC press release.Doctrove, born on 3 July 1955 in Marigot, Dominica, made his ODI debut on 4 April 1998 in a match between the West Indies and England in Kingstown, St Vincent, and two years later in Antigua stood in his first Test between the West Indies and Pakistan, a match which the home side won by one wicket.He was promoted to the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires in 2004 before being elevated to the elite panel in April 2006.Doctrove who was due to officiate in the forthcoming ODI and Test series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan from today, June 7th, said this decision to retire was a family and personal decision.“It is something that I have been considering for a while because the nature of the job is one that takes me away from home very, very, very often and the travelling, the long distances, the long flights. So it is something that I have been considering and whilst I will probably miss the umpiring of international matches, for sure I will not be missing the travelling and being away from home”.He explained that after years of being away from home, he now wishes to “spend some extra time with the family and take a different journey”.“It was a family decision and a personal decision which I felt that after all those years umpiring and being away from home, I needed to spend more time with the family. It’s just a different chapter in my life now that’s opening and I’m looking forward to the new challenge”.He said however that he will make himself available to assist in training of other umpires.“I think I have a lot to offer as an umpire and I want to be still involved in training because I would like to see Dominica, Windward Islands and West Indian umpires move on to the international level. I feel that I have a contribution to make; I feel that I can assist the umpires to make that next step”.He reassured the public that he will not turn his back on umpiring, “I still want to be involved in umpiring on the regional level”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img