World Cup 2019: Umpire Ian Gould to retire after India-Sri Lanka match

Ian Gould finishes his career after having umpired in 74 Tests and the India-Sri Lanka match being his 140th ODI.

Ian Gould during the India-Australia quarterfinal clash in 2011 World Cup.   -  AP Photo

The India-Sri Lanka World Cup match at Headingley here on Saturday will see Ian Gould standing in his last international game as umpire.

Gould finishes his career after having umpired in 74 Tests and the India-Sri Lanka match being his 140th ODI.

Gould, who has now officiated in fourth ICC World Cup, was one of the umpires at the 2011 World Cup semifinal between India and Pakistan in Mohali.

An accomplished wicketkeeper, Gould called time on his playing career in the 1990s and then took up a coaching role with Middlesex.

As a player, he kept wickets for England at the 1983 World Cup, playing 18 ODIs in total. He has played more than 600 combined first class and List A games.

Nicknamed Gunner due to his time in the Arsenal youth set-up before settling into cricket. Gould played for Sussex, Middlesex and even had a spell in New Zealand with Auckland.

However, as an umpire that he perhaps became best known.

The now 61-year-old umpire had made his international debut 13 years ago in a T20 international between England and Sri Lanka in Southampton, a thriller won by the visitors by just two runs.

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.

He had joined the ICC’s Elite Panel of umpires two years previously, umpiring the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa.