Umpiring Overview

In cricket, an umpire (from the Old French nompere meaning not a peer, i.e. not a member of one of the teams, impartial) is a person who has the authority to make decisions about events on the cricket field, according to the laws of cricket.

A cricket umpire is not to be confused with the referee in cricket who usually presides only over international matches and makes no decisions affecting the outcome of the game.