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
The news comes as part of an annual review and selection
process, which now sees Michael revealed as one of only two umpires promoted tothe 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 JoelWilson.
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 TestMatches, 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 assessmentthroughout the year.
“We are fortunate enough to have some fantastic officials
who are able to withstand the pressures of the job and deliver consistently onthe 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 forthe 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 tocheer Pools on in the opening game of the season.
Congratulations to Michael from everyone at Hartlepool United.