Even before the third test match between England and Pakistan started yesterday (Thursday) at Headingly, Leeds, a little bit of cricket history had been made.
SCU Umpire in garden with wife & two daughters
CU Constant speaks (SOF)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: CONSTANT: "Well, I was supposed to have been a batsman, but I never scored enough runs to really be a batsman, but I wanted to stay in the game -- it's a good game -- the next best thing to playing, of course, would be umpiring. So as soon as I'd finished my career as a batsman then I applied to join the first-class list.
QUESTION: Of course, in the test there'll be a number of men older than you, and a number of players a lot more experienced than you. Does this worry you in any way?
CONSTANT: Well, no. I've been on the list now for...as I say, this is my third season. the previous two, obviously, they've been playing as well, we've met before and they know me, and I know them. There are no problems on that score."
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Background: Even before the third test match between England and Pakistan started yesterday (Thursday) at Headingly, Leeds, a little bit of cricket history had been made. One of the two umpires to control the game was one of the youngest in the last 50 years.
At his home in Leicester, 28-year-old David Constant talked about the problems of controlling a game played by far more experienced cricketers: