Michael Gough and Joel Wilson named in ICC Elite Panel of Umpires
Michael Gough (left) and Joel Wilson (AFP Photo)

English umpire Michael Gough and Joel Wilson of the West Indies have been added to the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires for the season 2019-20 following an annual review and selection process.

Gough and Wilson have been promoted after gaining significant experience at the international level.

Gough has officiated in nine Tests, 59 ODIs and 14 T20Is while Wilson has stood in 13 Tests, 63 ODIs and 26 T20Is. They replace retired umpire Ian Gould and Ravi Sundaram who were part of the previous panel.

Gough and Wilson were elevated a selection panel consisting of ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice (Chairman), former India international and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, and match referees Ranjan Madugalle and David Boon.

“Being an elite official is an extremely challenging job. Every decision is scrutinized by millions of fans and each match official is subject to a rigorous ongoing performance assessments throughout the year,” Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager – Umpires and Referees said in a media release on Tuesday.

He added, “We are fortunate to have some fantastic officials who are able to withstand the pressures of the job and deliver consistently on the international stage. Michael and Joel are deserving additions to the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires and I wish them all the best for the coming season and for the future.”

The other members of the Elite Panel of Umpires are Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel and Rod Tucker.

However, the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees remains unchanged with David Boon, Chris Broad, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Andy Pycroft, Richie Richardson and Javagal Srinath the seven officials on that list.