While it is common for domestic cricketers to take up umpiring after retirement, here are 10 former international cricketers who returned to the field to officiate in international matches as umpires after leaving it as players.
He was a member of the famous spin quartet which tormented batsmen the world over for well over a decade. He led India in the first two World Cups in 1974 and '79. He officiated in 73 Tests and 52 ODIs before retiring from umpiring in March 2004.
Asoka Ranjit De Silva is a Sri Lankan cricketer who played in 10 Tests and 28 ODIs from 1985 to 1992 as a leg-spinner.
De Silva was the first ever Sri Lankan Umpire to be on the ICC Elite Umpire Panel.
He was a member of the Sri Lanka team that won the 1996 Cricket World Cup. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off break bowler. He played 31 Tests and 141 ODIs for Sri Lanka. The former Sri Lankan off-spinner is a member of ICC's Elite Panel of Umpires. He became the first to play in and to umpire World Cup finals when he stood in the final of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.
Paul Ronald Reiffel is a former Australian cricketer who played in 35 Tests and 92 ODIs from 1992 to 1999. Throughout his career he took 104 wickets at 26.96 in 35 Tests, taking 5 or more wickets in an innings five times. He was part of Australia's victorious 1999 World Cup team. After retirement he became a First Class cricket umpire. He is currently a member of the ICC Elite Umpire Panel.
The former Bangladeshi spinner has officiated in 1 Test, 45 ODIs and 4 T20 internationals.
In and out of the England team, he interrupted his international career for three years by taking part in the first of the England players' South African rebel tours in 1982. He has officiated in 25 Tests and 34 ODIs. His son David Willey has made his England debut.
He played in nine Tests and twenty five ODIs for England, including participating in the 1992 and 1996 Cricket World Cups. The former left-arm spinner joined ICC's elite umpire panel on June 2013.
He played for England in one Test match and one One Day International in 1986. Benson made history in the 1st Test in Sri Lanka, being the first umpire to be asked to refer a decision.
An English off-spinner, his first victim in Test cricket was Sunil Gavaskar. He played five Tests for England taking 13 wickets and scoring 148 runs.
Javed Akhtar is a former Pakistani cricketer who played in one Test in 1962. An off spinner, he had success at first-class level, taking his wickets at an average of 18.17, but struggled in his only Test, failing to take a wicket. He later became an umpire, standing in 18 Tests and 40 ODIs from 1980 to 1999.
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On cricket legend Srinivas Venkataraghavan's birthday, here are 10 former international cricketers who turned umpires after retiring
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