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Pools Fan Named On Elite Panel Of Cricket Umpires

30 July 2019

Club News

Pools Fan Named On Elite Panel Of Cricket Umpires

30 July 2019

Pools fan Michael Gough is continuing to fly the flag for the

town on the international cricket scene after it was confirmed he's been named

in the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires for 2019/20.

The news comes as part of an annual review and selection

process, which now sees Michael revealed as one of only two umpires promoted to

the prestigious panel for the new campaign.

A selection panel of ICC General Manager Geoff Allardice,

former player and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar and referees Ranjan Madugalle

and David Boon made the decision to elevate Michael and his colleague Joel


Since hanging up his football and cricket boots to pull on

the white jacket, Michael has gone on to officiate in no fewer than nine Test

Matches, 59 One Day Internationals and 14 T20 Internationals.

“Being an elite official is an extremely challenge job,”admitted Adrian Griffith, ICC's Senior Manager for Umpires and Referees.

“Every decision is scrutinised by millions of fans and each

match official is subject to a rigorous ongoing performance assessment

throughout the year.

“We are fortunate enough to have some fantastic officials

who are able to withstand the pressures of the job and deliver consistently on

the international stage.

“Michael and Joel are deserving additions to the Emirates

ICC Panel of Umpires and I wish them all the best for the coming season and for

the future.”

And Michael certainly knows how he will be celebrating the

news of his promotion this weekend – he'll be on the terraces at The Vic to

cheer Pools on in the opening game of the season.

Congratulations to Michael from everyone at Hartlepool United.

Michael Gough, ICC Elite Panel of Umpires (Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press)

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