As a people we are indeed living in a changing world. Some persons are afraid of
changes and for diverse reasons. From the outset changes are affected for better and not for worse, however sometimes the
dreams and the aspirations are not achieved, this brings to fore such words as failure, disappointment and grief.
Conversely more often than not you hear of joy, success, progress and just reward.
As umpires there has been
significant changes in the umpiring landscape, the numbers required for some category of matches have been severely tailored
to the point that some umpires felt not motivated, whilst some have experienced financial and status driven reward and are
The truth has always been that changes are intended for good. Umpires need to look at the bright
side and remain focused. At all stages not every umpire would have made it to the Elite or ICC Panel or the WICB Regional
Panel. This should not in any way be a hindrance, instead an umpire should work hard to reach the top with determination.
Cricket umpiring should not be seen as offering a service for free, it is a business and it has pay days.
This therefore should provide the drive, the impetus thus acting as a stimulus for one’s motivation. Notwithstanding
however WICUA has a duty to be, if not ahead of the game, at least should be close to it. WICUA ought to provide the leadership
necessary to keep hopes and aspirations alive. There are ways that WICUA can forge, which may assist in
enhancing the quality of umpiring life. One such way is to organize and work with territories in trying
to establish an Umpires Exchange Programme within WICUA. This is actively under consideration for the future.