Shep no more

David Shepherd is leaving his flock, and Cricinfo have some good stuff on him including this brilliant gallery.

Some tributes by former players and colleagues, including this by Darren Lehmann:

He was always interesting: he loves the game, enjoys umpiring and he is going to be sorely missed. He was a character in the game, and we are going to miss playing under him as an official. He was a very good umpire, one who you knew was going to make the right decisions. He was always in control of the game and was at the same time a stern umpire which is excellent when you are trying to control a bunch of international cricketers. I always kept him on [my] side and never played any jokes though I knew he loved his beer and we shared many evenings after the day’s play over drinks.