Australian umpire Mick Martell retires from National Umpire Panel

Long-serving Australian umpire Mick Martell has announced his retirement from Cricket Australia s National Umpire Panel. Martell, from Western Australia, made his List A debut in 2007 and his first-class debut in 2008-09, the same season he joined the National Umpire Panel. His credentials include eight One-Day International and four T20 International matches, one Test as 3rd Umpire, and appointments at three International Cricket Council (ICC) events, including the 2009 ICC Women s World Cup. In a decorated domestic career, Martell stood in two Sheffield Shield finals and four KFC Big Bash League finals, among 53 First Class, 64 List A and 63 Twenty20 matches.

He has also officiated in domestic matches in India, South Africa, New Zealand and the West Indies, and is a life member of the Western Australia Cricket Umpires Association. Cricket Australia s Match Officials Manager, Sean Easey, said: Mick has been an exceptional umpire for a long period of time and we congratulate him on a fine career, particularly over the past decade at the professional level, Easey said. He has performed at all levels of the game, from Premier Cricket, through to Sheffield Shield and Big Bash League Finals, and the international arena.”

As a significant contributor to the CA umpiring team both on and off the field Mick will be missed, but we congratulate him on this decision and wish him all the best with his future endeavours. That said, Mick s retirement provides new opportunities for three umpires, and we congratulate Gerard Abood, Simon Lightbody and Darren Close on their new positions.

National Umpire Panel member Gerard Abood, from New South Wales, will now be nominated by Cricket Australia to join the ICC s International Umpire Panel, and once accredited will be eligible for appointment to International fixtures. New South Wales umpire Simon Lightbody has been upgraded from the Development Umpire Panel to the 12-member National Umpire Panel, while Tasmania s Darren Close has been promoted to the six-member Development Umpire Panel in place of Lightbody.