1. Charles Bannerman
Charles Bannerman is an English born Australian player who has played international cricket for Australia and domestic cricket for South Wales. On 15th march 1877, he debuted in an international Test match played against England which was the first Test match to be played. Moreover, he scored an unbeaten record of 126 runs in the first innings and 4 runs in the second innings which ultimately led to the victory of Australia by 45 runs. But, he played only 2 Test matches for Australia. After 10 years of his international debut, Bannerman debuted into umpiring in 1887. Totally, he has officiated 12 matches and in the year 1930, he passed away.
2. Ashoka De Silva
Regarded as one of the most successful umpires in the world, Ashoka de Silva was better as an umpire than a cricketer. Silva was born on 28th March 1956 at Kalutara, Sri Lanka and had completed his education from Isipathana College. He made his debut in an international Test cricket match played against India on 30th August 1985. Moreover, he was a part of 10 Tests and 28 ODIs played between 1985 and 1992 as leg-spinner and a lower-order batsman in the mighty Sri Lankan squad. His scores were 323 runs and 25 wickets in international cricket.
Later, in the year 1997, he announced his retirement. Not long after his retirement, Ashoka de Silva started umpiring in the year 1999, with his first match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. He has officiated total 49 Tests and 122 ODIs was along with being one of the main umpires in 2003 and 2007 World Cup matches. Furthermore, he has been the umpire of 11 T20s and got retired from umpiring in the year 2012.
3. Richard Illingworth
With the record of “first ball wicket” in Test cricket, Richard Illingworth was never a regular player in the England squad because of the presence of Phil Tufnell in the 1990s. He played 376 matches as a domestic cricketer for 19 years as a left arm spinner. In the year 1991, his international Test and ODI debuts were against West Indies. In total, he has played 9 Tests and 25 ODIs in which he had picked 49 international wickets. Richard Illingworth retired from international cricket in the year 2002 and after 8 years of his retirement, in the year 2010, he was officiated for the first time. Consequently, he has officiated 57 Tests, 71 ODIs, and16 T20s.
4. Kumar Dharmasena
In the mid-1990s, Dharmasena was a regular player in the Sri Lankan Squad. He was an off-spin bowler and along with his leg spin partner Muttiah Muralidharan Sri Lankan spin department was at its peaks. In addition to this, he has played of 31 Tests and 141 ODIs in between 1993 and 2004. Dharmasena was a lower order batsman who had finished few matches with his numbers being 868 Test runs and 1222 ODI runs with 69 Test wickets and 138 ODI wickets.
In the year 2006, he became an umpire and later earned the “Umpire of the David Shepherd” trophy for his outstanding umpiring abilities. Kumar Dharmasena has officiated in 69 Tests, 111 ODIs, and 26 T20s. He was one of the umpires in 2011 and 2015 World Cup finals. Also, in the year 2012, he was awarded “Umpire of the year”.
5. Srinivas Venkataraghavan
As a captain of the Indian cricket team between 1965 and 1979, Venkataraghavan was an off spinner who had picked 156 wickets in 57 Tests. He was one of the best fielders the Indian team had ever witnessed. Furthermore, in the year 1965, he debuted in an international Test match against New Zealand. His extraordinary innings were against the West Indies where he had picked 35 wickets in 8 Test matches.
He played his last game against Pakistan in the year 1983. Later, he retired from international cricket in the year 1985. Later, in the year 1993, he officiated as an umpire. Totally, he had officiated in 73 Tests and 52 ODIs. Srinivasa Venkataraghavan was one of the most respected umpires in international cricket. Ultimately, he retired from umpiring too in the year 2004.
6. Ian Gould
Ion Gould who was a wicket keeper batsman in the former England team played only 18 ODIs throughout his career, including the 1983 world cup. He had also put on his gloves in the 1982-83 Ashes series. He has had 603 dismissals as a wicket keeper in first class cricket. And his batting figures sum up to 8756 runs in first class cricket. After retiring from international cricket, he started officiating matches. Totally officiated 74 Tests, 140 ODIs, and 37 T20s. He was the chairman of Burnham Football Club too. In the year 2009, he was also elected for the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires. In the world cup match played between India and Sri Lanka, he announced his umpiring retirement. However, he reverted his retirement and had umpired in the 2020 Under-19 world cup.
7. Peter Willey
Peter Willey who is prominently known as the “Windies Nightmare” is a right-hand top order batsman and an off spinner too. He has played for England between 1976 and 1986. Though he has good domestic figures of 24,361 runs and 756 wickets in just 559 matches, he has only played 26 ODIs for England. Furthermore, he is a hard and fearless man who is from the North Eastern part of England. He has played 15 out of his 26 ODIs against the West Indies team. Furthermore, he was eventually called a nightmare to the mighty West Indies team during that time. In the year 1996, he was officiated for the first time, and totally he has officiated in 25 Tests and 34 ODIs.
8. John Hampshire
The first player in the world to hit a century against the powerful West Indies, in the year 1969, was John Hampshire. Holding some of the best records in domestic cricket for Yorkshire, Tasmania, and Leicestershire, his numbers in domestic cricket are 28,059 runs in 557 matches with 34.4 as an average of. Additionally, John Hampshire is the president of the Yorkshire Cricket Club. He retired from international cricket as a player in the year 1984. After 5 years of his retirement, by 1989, he started umpiring. Totally, he has officiated in 21 Tests and 20 ODIs.
9. Mark Benson
Mark Benson was a left-hand opener and a fast bowler who represented England from the year 1986-95. In his Test match debut against India, Benson scored 30 and 21 runs in the 1st and 2nd innings respectively. He scored 18,387 runs in his domestic career in 292 matches with an average of 40.23. However, throughout his career, he was able to play only one ODI match for England. He later retired from international cricket in the year 1995. After his retirement he started umpiring cricket matches. He has officiated 27 Tests, 72 ODIs, and 19 T20s.
10. James Lillywhite Jnr
James Lillywhite Jnr, seated second from the right in the above picture is a very famous person in the history of cricket. Many of his relatives, his father and brother, were cricketers and it took James Lillywhite Jnr 35 years to play his first international match. At the age of 35, he debuted in a Test match, which was the first ever Test match played against Australia. In that maiden Test match, being a left arm spinner, he scored 16 runs and picked up 8 wickets. Furthermore, he was the first ever player to captain England team in a Test match. Throughout his career, if calculated, his figures would be around 5523 runs and 1210 wickets. He was officiated for the first time in the year 1883 and has totally umpired 6 Test matches.