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Sam Nogajski makes International Umpiring Debut

Sam Nogajski

Cricket Australia National Umpire Panellist Sam Nogajski will make his international debut this weekend when Australia play Sri Lanka in the 2nd T20 International at Kardinia Park Geelong.

Nogajski becomes the first Tasmanian and the 14th Australian to officiate in a T20 International. Nogajski had his first taste of umpiring in 1998 following a knee injury sustained whilst playing. The following year he returned to play club cricket which saw him put his umpiring career on hold for five years.

In 2006/07, Nogajski returned to umpiring and became a Tasmanian State Umpire Panel member. In the same year he was appointed to the CA Under 17 National Championships and backed it up a few seasons later where he was selected to officiate in the CA Under 19 Championships.

His contribution to the game in Tasmania has been recognised by being named Cricket Tasmania Umpire of the Year for an unprecedented six consecutive years from 2010/11 to 2015/16 inclusive. And in December 2010, made his List A debut in Burnie in a one-day domestic fixture between Tasmania and New South Wales. To date he has 28 List A matches to his name.

In November 2011, Nogajski made his First Class debut at the Gabba in the fixture between Queensland and New South Wales. Since his debut, Nogajski has officiated in 29 First Class games.

Nogajski was then appointed to the 12-member CA National Umpire Panel in 2012/13. Throughout his journey, Nogajski has had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand, South Africa, and more recently India, to experience the unique umpiring challenges on the Umpire Exchange Program.

Nogajski has also stood in four Women’s One-Day Internationals; 10 Women’s International Twenty20 fixtures; and 30 KFC T20 BBL games. In 2015/16, he was appointed to his first Big Bash Final, held at the MCG between the Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder. This achievement was acknowledged at the Cricket Tasmania end of season dinner, where he was the first ever umpire to be awarded the prestigious Chairman’s Award

Cricket Australia Match Officials Manager Sean Easey reflected on Nogajski’s achievement. “This is a significant milestone in Sam’s umpiring journey and he thoroughly deserves to be involved at the international level. He works tirelessly both on and off the field to become a better umpire and it is no surprise that he has been able to consistently perform to a standard that has seen him appointed to the BBL|05 Final and now his international debut match.”

“On behalf of the Match Officials team, and Cricket Australia, I wish Sam well for the day as he takes this exciting next step in his umpiring career.”