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 Wilson.
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.