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Gerard Abood nominated for Cricket Australia International Panel

Gerard Abood

National Umpire Panel member Gerard Abood nominated for higher honours

New South Wales Umpire Gerard Abood will be nominated by Cricket Australia (CA) to join the ICC’s International Umpire Panel and once accredited will be eligible for appointment to International fixtures. This includes appointment to men’s Test Matches as 4th Umpire and on-field appointment to One-Day and T20 Internationals.

Throughout his umpiring career, Abood has officiated across two state Premier Cricket competitions. He commenced in the Sydney Premier Cricket competition in 2000/01 and was nominated for the CA Under 17 National Championships in 2001/02 before attending the CA Under 19 National Championships the following season. In 2003/04 Abood relocated to Melbourne for work and went on to stand in 54 Cricket Victoria Premier First Grade fixtures whilst also representing the state at the 2004/05 CA Under 19 Male National Championships. Since moving back to the harbour city in 2007/08, Abood has to this day been appointed to a total of 133 games in the Sydney Premier Cricket competition, 90 of which have been in First Grade.

Abood made his List-A debut in a Domestic One-Day Cup fixture in Wangaratta between Victoria and New South Wales in January 2006. He has stood in a total of 38 List-A Matches to date, which have also included a Tour Match between Victoria and Sri Lanka and the international ‘A’ Series held in the top end in 2014.

Abood made his Women’s One-Day International debut in February 2008 in the fixture between Australia and England, before standing in a fixture between Australia and India later in the same year. In 2009 Abood was then appointed by the ICC to the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2009, where he stood on-field in three matches – two in Canberra and one at North Sydney Oval. In the Women’s T20 International format, Abood has stood in 11 matches, the most recent at Adelaide Oval between Australia and New Zealand in February this year.

In November 2008 Abood made his First-Class debut in a New Zealand Tour Match at the SCG, and went on to stand in his first Sheffield Shield match at the same venue a week later in the fixture between New South Wales and Queensland. Abood has officiated in 48 First-Class matches, 43 of which were in it the Sheffield Shield. His First-Class career has also taken him further afield, having also officiated in New Zealand in the Plunkett Shield, and in South Africa as part of the Sunfoil Series. 

Since joining the National Umpire Panel in 2009, Abood has been exposed to international men’s cricket on numerous occasions, including appointment as Reserve Umpire to three Test Matches; 12 One-Day Internationals and four T20 International fixtures.