Legendary West Indian umpire has admitted watching iconic batsman Brian Lara was always somewhat of a guilty pleasure and that behind the stumps was the best place to be when the batsman was on the go. The 74-year-old official stood in 128 Test matches and 181 One Day Internationals in a career that spanned 20 years. While admitting an affinity for the destructive power of Viv Richards, the Jamaican-born umpire admits there was something otherworldly about Lara. “Viv Richards, the Master Blaster, I rate him very highly on my list because he destroyed every type of bowling…then there is Brian Lara who I think is the best thing the eyes can behold when he is on the go. He was poetry in motion. He did things that others couldn’t do,” Bucknor told the Mason and Guest Radio program. “Umpires enjoy the game. In your heart, you cheer. You clap in your heart to see a good shot. You clap in your heart to see a good delivery. You enjoy that but you cannot show it on your face, in your eyes or anywhere.”
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