Umpire Ian Gould retires from cricket
Umpiring is not an easy job in the game of cricket and Ian Gould must be a happy man for doing his job as he retires from the game. The Englishman has umpired 74 Tests and 140 ODIs. The just-concluded World Cup match between India and Sri Lanka at Headingley in Leeds was his last match.
Ian Gould who has now officiated in his fourth ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup was one of the important on-field umpires at the 2011 ODI World Cup semifinal between India and Pakistan held in Mohali.
Plied his trade as a professional wicket-keeper, Ian Gould called it quits from his playing career in the 1990s and then he took up a coaching role with Middlesex.
He kept wickets for England as a player at the 1983 World Cup, spicing it up for 18 ODIs in total. Gould has played more than 600 combined first-class and List A games.
Interestingly, he had some connection with football before settling into cricket. He is nicknamed as ‘Gunner’ due to his spell in the Arsenal youth set-up. Gould has played for Sussex, Middlesex and also had a stint in New Zealand with Auckland. However, he became successful only as an umpire.
The 61-year-old umpire made his international debut 13 years ago in a T20 international match between England and Sri Lanka in Southampton, where England sealed the thrilling encounter by just two runs.
Soon after that, he made an ODI debut just five days later in a match between England and Sri Lanka and the next year he got his experience of World Cup cricket.
He then joined the ICC’s Elite Panel of umpires two years earlier, umpiring the ICC Champions Trophy final in South Africa.