(From the Guyana Chronicle, 17 Dec 2010, by Calvin Roberts)
FOLLOWING a successful debut in the 2010 West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Regional 50-overs tournament in Jamaica, Guyana’s newest umpire on the first-class scene, the 41-year-old Nigel Duguid was chosen to make his Regional Twenty20 debut in the WICB Caribbean T20 tournament in January 2011. Duguid, the father of three (twin girls and one boy) expressed his delight at being chosen to officiate in this tournament.
“It feels good to be doing my first Regional T20, which will be televised live for the second time by ESPN. The faith that was entrusted in me by the WICB after recently completing my first Regional tournament less than two months ago speaks volumes and I intend to go out there and do my best.”
Duguid, who is a former Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) player, quit the gentleman’s game as a player in 1995 and took up umpiring five years later on the encouragement of the late Compton Vyphuis.
“I can recall vividly my first match, a first division encounter between Malteenoes Sports Club and GNIC at MSC. Clyde Duncan was at the other end and what impressed him about me was the fact that I conducted the match without fear and favour, even though I did not write any umpires’ examinations."
“Some may wonder why I finished with cricket and picked up umpiring shortly after, but after I did not make the national Under-19 team, in 1995 I lost interest in the game. Some afternoons I would be at practice, but my heart was not into practising and just like that (snap of fingers,) I called it quits.”
He added, “After being encouraged by Mr Vyphuis and with the advice I received from Duncan during my first match, Eddie Nicholls, Grantley Culbard and Colin Alfred among others later on, I decided to make umpiring my next career goal and being a former player, that has helped me a lot.”
Duguid, who is also employed as a Purchasing Officer with Toolsie Persaud Limited Hardware Division for the past nine years, plans to call on his years of experience in the middle, especially his most recent exposure in both the Regional limited overs and Pakistan’s ‘A’ team tour, to get him through the CT20.
“At the moment, I am feeling great and that is because of the experience I gained over the past two months, when I officiated in the 50 overs and the ‘A’ team series between Pakistan and the West Indies, where I worked alongside Peter Nero. Those experiences will come in handy during the T20. I plan to stay calm throughout my matches and treat it as an everyday something, despite the presence of television cameras, while at the same time, I am looking forward to working with both Duncan and Nero once again on the Regional field.”
He was high in praise of his wife of 15 years and the mother of his lone son, who has a zero tolerance on nonsense. “I must say thanks to my wife for tolerating me with all the travelling for the past two months and for the coming months too. She is very compassionate and always displays a level of understanding whenever it comes to cricket and for that, I wish to say heartfelt thanks to her,” stated Duguid.
(From Kaieteur News, 13 Feb 2011)
Nigel Duguid was elected Vice-President of the Demerara Cricket Umpires & Scorers Association on 10 Feb 2011.