India-Sri Lanka match to be umpire Gould’s last ODI

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Leeds, July 6 (IANS) English umpire Ian Gould will be in the middle for the final time in Indias clash with Sri Lanka at Headingley here, the ICC said.

Gould, who was one of the umpires for the World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan in 2011, took up a coaching role with Middlesex after calling time on his playing career in the 1990s. The 61-year-old played 18 ODIs for England and stood behind the stumps in the 1983 World Cup.

Although Gould never won a Test cap, he did have one moment of glory at that level, coming on as substitute at Melbourne in 1982-83 and taking the catch that removed Greg Chappell for 2.

However it is as an umpire that he has perhaps become best known. For more than a decade he has been a fixture on the international circuit, notable for his practice of not employing a standard ball counter, instead using six Bahraini Dinars to count deliveries, the ICC said in a statement.

Gould made his international debut 13 years ago in a T20 international between England and Sri Lanka in Southampton.

An ODI debut followed five days later in a match between the same two teams, and the following year he got his first taste of World Cup cricket.

This is Gould’s fourth World Cup. He had joined the ICC’s Elite Panel of umpires two years previously, umpiring the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa.

Gould will now end his career having umpired 74 Tests in all, while this will be his 140th ODI.

–IANS

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