“A great guy and a great umpire”: Slater on Shepherd’s final day

Well, it’s all over for the West Indies – and David Shepherd too. Quite a sad moment as old Shep walks off the field for the final time. A guard of honour and big bear-hugs all round, and I’m sure he must be feeling quite emotional. I’ve always loved hearing and watching Shep umpire – an umpire who’s always appeared to be very honest, very consistent and who commands the respect of all the players.

In an interview the other day, he said (not quoting) “Players respect me; but umpires must respect the players, too.” T’ra Shep, have a beer or 3