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Umpire Gerard Abood celebrates 50th First Class match

Gerard Abood - 50 First Class games

Congratulations to Cricket Australia (CA) National Umpire Panel member Gerard Abood who stands in his 50th First-Class match.

New South Welshmen Gerard Abood brings up his 50th First Class match milestone in Vadodara, India, where he has been appointed to the annual Umpire exchange opportunity between CA and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Abood made his First-Class debut on 13 November 2008 in a Tour Match between New South Wales and New Zealand. Standing alongside now ICC Elite Panel member Paul Reiffel, this was Abood’s first of six First Class games at his home venue, the Sydney Cricket Ground, and the first of two Tour Matches in his career.

In total, Abood has stood in 44 Sheffield Shield fixtures, the first of which saw him return to the SCG a week after his First Class debut and stand in the fixture between New South Wales and Queensland. Whilst Abood is currently standing in the fixture between Baroda and Tamil Nadu, he is no stranger to officiating overseas. In December 2013 he travelled to Christchurch to stand in the match between Canterbury and Northern Districts in the Plunket Shield, whilst in February 2015 he was appointed to two fixtures in the South African Sunfoil Series. Before returning to Australia, Abood will stand in one further appointment on the subcontinent, a Ranji Trophy Quarter Final match with the teams and venue still to be determined.

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. More recently he made his Women’s Test debut in the fixture between Australia and England at North Sydney Oval. Abood’s Women’s One-Day International debut featured the same nations in February 2008 at the SCG. He has stood in a total of nine Women’s One-Day Internationals, including appointment to the ICC Women’s World Cup in Sydney in 2009. 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.

Abood is currently standing in the Group C fixture at Motibaug Cricket Ground in Vadodara alongside Tapan Balwant Sharma and Match Referee Nitin Goel. The long-standing Umpire exchange initiative sees a joint venture between CA; the BCCI; Cricket South Africa and New Zealand Cricket. Shaun Haig (New Zealand) will be the first exchange umpire during the 2017/18 Australian cricket season, standing in the upcoming round five Sheffield Shield fixture at the MCG. Meanwhile, an Umpire from India and South Africa will be appointed to Shield matches after the Big Bash League break.

Abood’s First Class achievement will be recognised in front of his peers upon returning to Australian shores.