(Antigua Observer) There is a shortage of qualified cricket umpires in the Leeward Islands and this must be addressed if the sub-region is to avert a crisis.

This is the belief of Cricket Operations Officer with the Leeward Islands Cricket Board, Vernon Springer, who said the body often struggles to find enough qualified umpires for any one tournament.

Currently, all the umpires employed during the ongoing Leeward Islands 50 overs tournament here, are from Antigua, which, according to Springer, has raised the eyebrows of some.

“The reality of the fact is just that, at this time we can’t afford to fly in a Leeward umpires’ panel and so, because of that situation, this is something that we seriously have to address. We had flown in umpires to Anguilla for the under-15 tournament because there are no qualified umpires in Anguilla, none in the BVI, none in the USVI and I think there is only one in Montserrat,” he said.

“In Nevis, the only qualified umpire there is Carl Tuckett, St Kitts has nobody on the list now and the latest person to have come through in Antigua is Sylvester “Bouncing” Joseph,” he added. 

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