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Billy Bowden: The Reason behind the crooked finger and 7 facts you should know about him

Modified 02 Oct 2016, 10:15 IST

New Zealand umpire Brent Fraser 'Billy' Bowden is one of the greatest umpires to have officiated in the sport. Bowden has been officiating in international matches for almost 20 years now and here are a few interesting things you need to know about the quirky Kiwi.

#1 The \'crooked finger\' comes due to Arthritis

Billy Bowden had a promising career as a fast bowler in his 20s when he was affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis which ended his playing career.

Bowden turned to umpiring in an effort to be involved with the game he so dearly loved. The pain caused by arthritis was too severe for Bowden to lift his index finger raised above the head, and this led to the "crooked finger of doom" which is now popular all over the cricketing world.

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Published 11 Apr 2014, 14:17 IST
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