Parker in town for new role
FORMER international umpire Peter “Porky” Parker has found himself in the middle of many defining moments in world cricket.
He officiated for Glenn McGrath’s hat trick at the SCG in 2007, was involved in numerous illegal bowling action scenarios and he stood at the Gabba when Queensland clinched their long-awaited first Sheffield Shield win in 1995.
“That was up there with my first international game — definitely one of the highlights of my career,” he said.
Parker quit the game in 2008 to shift focus to his career after cricket, but still finds himself in the thick of it as president of Metropolitan South West cricket and stand-in coach of their under-15 development side competing in Bundaberg this week.
“I’m enjoying the coaching side,” the level two coach said.
“These boys have potential, but there is still a lot to learn and hopefully I can help out there.”
While not involved at the top level of the game anymore, Parker still keeps an eye on proceedings and is relatively happy with where the sport is heading.
“The technology is going to come and we have to accept that. I think one alteration they could make would be to leave the decision to change the umpire’s call with the third umpire, not the players,” he said. “The referral system was designed to stop the horror calls, and now all they’re doing is nit-picking.”
On the current Twenty20 Big Bash tournament, Parker only had praise.
“It’s taking off and has the potential to interest people in the USA and Japan. It’s got all the elements that market would like,” he said.
“Plus it’s a chance to see the international stars for a longer period.”
The umpire, who also played first grade in his day, is intent on breaking on to the Queensland Cricket Board, but for now he is happy where he is.
“The high-level is great, but this is what the game is all about — grass roots cricket,” he said.