I think the more people get to read books like mine, listen to podcasts with Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough, and what's written by the press - umpiring's a very good job now. It can be exciting, exhilarating. I found umpiring, the day went quicker than playing, because you're always doing something. It is a worthwhile occupation. At the ECB, we've got James Tredwell and James Middlesbrook, both ex-players, coming through at the right age. Because it is now a young man's sport. The players are expecting a lot more of you, to be a lot fitter. It's not the sort of job [where you can] play county cricket till you're 42 and think, "Do you know what, I'll go and do a bit of umpiring." You'd have missed ten years of fun. On my behalf it's a must, something that people should really look into. … [Read more...] about Ian Gould: ‘Modern umpires have thrown away their egos because they understand DRS’
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Has Calum MacLeod now scored more ODI centuries than any other non-Test player? asked Graham Browne from ScotlandCalum MacLeod's unbeaten 140 in Scotland's stunning win over England in Edinburgh last week was his seventh century in one-day internationals. Only 64 batsmen have scored more (for the list, click here). The only one above MacLeod who has not played a Test match is Australia's Aaron Finch, who now has ten ODI hundreds (and one in a T20 international). But William Porterfield's 11 ODI hundreds all came before he captained Ireland in their inaugural Test last month. … [Read more...] about Which non-Test player has scored the most ODI hundreds?
- Staying at Barcelona and Mundo Deportivo reports the club are willing to let Ousmane Dembele leave if a good offer arrives. The attacker has been linked with a switch to Paris Saint-Germain, with Neymar reportedly a target for Barcelona. … [Read more...] about Rumour Has It: Werner could replace Martinez if Inter star joins Barcelona
— ICC (@ICC) July 7, 2019Immediately after India's victory, Virat Kohli walked up to Gould and hugged him. So did many other players. If you know Gould, you understand why players respected him. Communication is a big part of umpiring and only a few came close to doing it better. Gould could poke fun of a player, no matter how experienced or young, and elicit an instant laugh from him. This is what made him an endearing personality. … [Read more...] about Ian ‘Gunner’ Gould whistles his way into the sunset
The cricket committee's recommendations will now be discussed by the ICC's chief executives committee during the annual conference in Dublin later this month before receiving a final ratification from the ICC Board. Richardson pointed out that, if the ICC Board finalises moving the sanctions to Level 3, in future ball tampering could attract a suspension of "minimum of four Tests". … [Read more...] about ICC likely to approve harsher penalties for ball tampering soon