Billy Raymond Doctrove (born 3 July 1955 in Marigot, Dominica) is a former international football referee, but is best known as an international cricket umpire.
Career as a FIFA referee
During his time as a referee Doctrove took charge of several international matches, including a World Cup qualifier between Guyana and Grenada in 1996. Despite retiring from international refereeing in 1997 he is still a keen follower of world and English football, supporting Liverpool F.C. and being nicknamed Toshack, after the ex-Liverpool striker. He is also President of the Dominican Football Referees Association, and President of the Windward Islands Cricket Umpires Association.
Rise to international umpiring
After retiring from football refereeing in 1997 Doctrove was able to concentrate more on his career as a first-class umpire. In April 1998 the West Indies Cricket Board appointed Doctrove to his first One Day International (ODI), the match between West Indies and England at Kingstown, St. Vincent. In that match he stood alongside Steve Bucknor.
He was appointed to his first test match, the third test between West Indies and Pakistan at the Antigua Recreation Ground, in May 2000.
In 2002 he became a member of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires. He stood on that panel for four years during which time he umpired a large number of ODIs and the occasional test. The highlights of his time on the International Panel were an appointment to the 2004 Champions Trophy, and the U19 World Cup in Sri Lanka in early 2006, where he stood in the final. In April 2006 he was promoted to the Emirates ICC Elite Umpire Panel. Doctrove was appointed to the final of the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies.
England vs Pakistan fourth test
On 20 August 2006, the fourth day of the fourth test between England and Pakistan at The Oval, he and fellow umpire Darrell Hair ruled that the Pakistani team had been involved in ball tampering. They awarded five penalty runs to England and offered them a replacement ball. Play continued until the tea break, but the Pakistani players refused to take the field thereafter. When the Pakistan team refused to return to the field the umpires removed the bails and declared England winners by forfeiture. The Pakistani team did take to the field 26 minutes later, but Hair and Doctrove refused to continue the game stating that the game had already ended with a Pakistani forfeiture the moment the bails were removed.
International Umpiring statistics
As of 7 June 2012:
|Tests||West Indies v Pakistan at St John's, May 2000||South Africa v New Zealand at Dunedin, Mar 2012||38|
|ODIs||West Indies v England at Kingstown, Apr 1998||Sri Lanka v South Africa at Kimberley, Jan 2012||112|
|T20Is||Kenya v New Zealand at Durban, Sep 2007||Australia v England at Bridgetown, May 2010||17|
Retirement from professional umpiring
On 7 June 2012, Doctrove announced his retirement from all ICC umpiring roles due to a family bereavement back in his home country of Dominica. The 56-year-old stood in 38 Tests, 112 one-day internationals and 17 T20 internationals. In a statement, he said, "It has been an incredible 14 years for me as an international umpire and I've enjoyed every moment of it."