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Congratulations Gerard Abood - Australia's newest One-Day International Umpire

11-091118 Gerard Abood - One Day International debut

Congratulations to National Umpire Panel member Gerard Abood who today makes his One-Day International debut in Adelaide as Australia host South Africa.

Abood’s umpiring career spans two states having officiated in both New South Wales and Victorian Premier Cricket competitions. Shortly after making his Sydney First-Grade debut, Abood was nominated for the CA Under 17 National Championships in 2001/02 before attending the CA Under 19 National Championships the following season. In 2003/04 Abood relocated to Melbourne for work and went on to stand in 54 Cricket Victoria Premier First-Grade fixtures whilst also representing the state at the 2004/05 CA Under 19 Male National Championships. Abood returned to Sydney for the 2007/08 and has since been appointed to a total of 137 games in the Sydney Premier Cricket competition, 94 of which have been in First-Grade. 

In November 2008, Abood made his First-Class debut in a New Zealand Tour Match at the SCG. A week later he stood in his first Sheffield Shield fixture at the same venue, where New South Wales hosted Queensland. In total, Abood has officiated in 55 First-Class matches, and brought up his half century last year in Vadodara, India. There he was appointed to the annual umpire exchange opportunity between CA and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and stood in India’s prestigious Ranji Trophy. Abood has also officiated in New Zealand in the Plunkett Shield, and in South Africa as part of the Sunfoil Series. Last season, Abood reached the pinnacle of the Australian First-Class season when he stood on-field in the Sheffield Shield Final between Queensland and Tasmania at Allan Border Field.

Abood made his List-A debut in a Domestic One-Day Cup fixture in Wangaratta between Victoria and New South Wales in January 2006. In this format, Abood has stood in a total of 46 List-A Matches with a further 21 Matches as TV Umpire.

Last season, Abood made his international men’s on-field umpiring debut when he stood in the T20 International match between Australia and England at Blundstone Arena (Hobart). Abood’s international summer extended to the highly successful Women’s Ashes Series. In November 2017, Abood made his on-field Women’s Test debut in the fixture between Australia and England at North Sydney Oval.

In the shortest format, Abood made his T20 domestic men’s debut in January 2006 at the Junction Oval in the fixture between Victoria and South Australia. He was appointed on-field in 14 matches of the previously state based competition. Then since the inception of the club based Big Bash League in 2011/12, Abood has been on-field 42 times and an additional 20 times as TV Umpire.

Since joining the National Umpire Panel in 2009, Abood has been exposed to international cricket on numerous occasions, including appointment as Reserve Umpire to four men’s Test Matches (the most recent under DRS conditions). His Women’s One-Day International debut came in February 2008 when Australia hosted England at the SCG. In total, he has stood in a nine Women’s One-Day Internationals, including appointment to the ICC Women’s World Cup in Sydney in 2009. In the shortest format, Abood has stood in 11 T20 INTL women’s matches. 

Abood debuts today alongside England’s Michael Gough. ICC Elite Panel Umpire Aleem Dar is TV Umpire; Paul Wilson is Fourth Umpire and Jeff Crowe (Match Referee) completes the Playing Control Team. SACA President, Andrew Sinclair, presented Abood with his debut certificate and award on behalf of the Cricket Australia Board, whilst CA National Umpire Panel member Simon Fry and former ICC Elite Panel member (and now CA Match Referee) Daryl Harper also joined the presentation group to recognise and celebrate Abood's achievement.