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Donovan Koch makes T20 International Debut

14 February 2022

Donovan Koch

Cricket Australia (CA) National Umpire Panel (NUP) member Donovan Koch has made his Men’s T20 International umpiring debut in the 2nd Dettol T20 International between Australia and Sri Lanka.

In doing so, Koch became just the 17th Australian Umpire to officiate a men’s T20 International. Originally from South Africa, Koch is a former First-Class cricketer who played 21 matches at First-Class level and a further 20 List-A games at home before moving to the United Kingdom in 2003. Koch went on to play League Cricket in South Yorkshire before commencing his umpiring journey in 2011. Whilst in the UK, Koch stood in ECB Second XI and Minor County matches before moving to Australia in September 2012. Settling in Queensland, Koch joined the Premier Umpiring Panel in his new home state and commenced his journey on the Australian Umpiring pathway. Koch moved through the grades in Queensland and soon started standing in CA competition matches.

Prior to the 2016/17 season, Koch was appointed to the CA Development Umpire Panel (now Supplementary Umpire Panel) for the first time. The following season was a breakout year for Koch which included several significant on-field debuts and milestones. Koch made his List-A debut in the One-Day Cup competition in the fixture between Queensland and the Cricket Australia XI at AB Field in Brisbane. In November 2017, Donovan made his First-Class Umpiring debut in the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Tasmania at the MCG and has since stood in 18 First-Class matches. Later in the season, Koch stepped onto the WACA in Perth for his debut KFC BBL match between the Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers.

Last season, Koch was appointed to the Women’s International T20 and One Day Internationals in Brisbane. Koch then closed out the Australian domestic season with appointment as Third Umpire to the Sheffield Shield Final between Queensland and New South Wales at AB Field in Brisbane. Prior to this season, Koch was appointed to the ICC International Panel of Umpires and in doing so is available to support the International Cricket Council (ICC) Elite Panel of Umpires. Koch was recently appointed Fourth Umpire to the Fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England in Hobart.

Koch was joined on-field by ICC Elite Panel umpire Rod Tucker with CA NUP members Shawn Craig and Gerard Abood carrying out third and fourth umpire duties respectively. ICC Match Referee David Boon was appointed as the Match Referee.