Former England cricketer and international cricket umpire Richard Illingworth paid a visit to Specsavers in Worcester to make sure his eyes were in tiptop condition.
The 52-year-old is now a well respected England Cricket Board (ECB) domestic and International Cricket Council (ICC) elite umpire and was selected as one of 20 officials to stand in the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
‘As an umpire you have two sensors; eyesight and hearing so if one isn’t performing as it should be, you can only do half a job,’ said Richard, who also played 20 seasons of county cricket, mostly for Worcestershire.
‘I wouldn’t be able to do the job that I love if my eyesight wasn’t in tip top condition.’
Store director Alan Richards said: ‘We were delighted to welcome Richard into the store for a sight test. His eyesight is his livelihood so it’s imperative that it is regularly checked. We carried out a full eye examination and were able to provide him with two new pairs of glasses.’
Richard added: ‘I was really impressed with the service from everyone in the store. From the pre-test, the test itself, through to the help I received in picking my frames and making sure they fit properly, it was a seamless experience.’
A three-year deal with the ECB sees Specsavers named as an official partner and includes sponsorship of every umpire in all domestic county cricket competitions. As well as featuring on the officials’ uniforms, Specsavers offer eye tests and glasses to Umpires like Richard.