ICC Elite Panel umpire Ian Gould bids farewell to cricket after the match between India and Sri Lanka. It has been an amazing journey for this renowned and respected Umpire of cricket. He has played the role of an umpire in 74 Tests, 140 ODIs and 37 T20 matches.

ICC Elite Panel umpire Ian Gould bids farewell

Ian Gould
Ian Gould during the Walton Tri-Nation series.

Born in 1957 at Buckinghamshire, England Ian Gould played 18 matches wearing English Jersey. He even played in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 1983. He also has played more than 600 first-class and List A games.

It is interesting though that Gould once played football as a goalkeeper in the Arsenal team. There he got himself the nickname “Gunner.”

Ian Gould stood as an umpire in the past 3 world cups. His inaugural world cup was the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean. After that in 2008, he umpired his first test match between South Africa and Bangladesh. For his excellent expertise in umpiring, Gould was promoted to the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires in 2009.

Ian Gould is the spectator of a lot of history in the cricket world. He stood in the high voltage India vs Pakistan semi-final in 2011. He was also in the middle of the action when Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, following a quarrel with Sri Lankan players, threatened to call his players off the field in a Nidahas Trophy game in March 2018.

After standing in his 140th ODI match Ian Gould declared his retirement. He will be missed. ICC shared the story about his retirement from their Oficial tweeter account and congratulated him for a fantastic career.