Nepal's Buddhi Pradhan, 34, "though my passport says I'm 32," is one of a new generation of Asian umpires who are achieving prominence around the world. Held in high esteem by colleagues and cricketers, he has officiated in 12 ODIs between Associate nations.
His decision-making and man-management are impressive. He calls it as he sees it and he sees it pretty well. In fact, his local district team don't like him to umpire in their matches because they know they will get absolutely no favours from him.
He spoke to us in Kathmandu, during the ACC U-15 Elite Cup where he was a Match Referee.
How did you get involved with cricket?
I used to play in school and in club games where I was the opening bowler and a middle-order batsman.
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What has been your biggest achievement in cricket?
I think it's whatever I've done for cricket umpiring ever since I started internationally in 2000. One of the biggest achievements for me was the ICC U/19 World Cup in Sri Lanka. I did all the league matches of India where they played Scotland and two practice matches where England played Australia and also South Africa against USA. India was a very good team and I thought they'd win but unfortunately they lost to Pakistan in the final. I now have 12 ODIs and that makes me eligible for Tests.
How did you get involved in umpiring?
I was actually a good all-rounder and while they were having the regional national league, I was hoping to get selected but due to a lot of politics I wasn’t. I was doing umpiring then as well and CAN (The Cricket Association of Nepal) called me to officiate in a tournament. But I was still young and wanted to play for two to three more years. Even after performing well for my regional selections, I wasn’t chosen as a squad member and so I got into umpiring.
Many of the teams from various regions commending me on my umpiring and from there on I started umpiring at different levels. In 1999, the first umpiring course organized by the ACC was in Dhaka and I was selected for it.