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Gerard Abood makes T20 International debut in Hobart
National Umpire Panel member Gerard Abood will tonight make his men’s international on-field debut in Hobart as part of the Gillette T20 INTL Series.
New South Welshmen Gerard Abood will tonight add another umpiring accolade to his already successful 2017/18 season when he takes to Blundstone Arena in the T20 INTL fixture between Australia and England. The achievement complements his recent elevation to Cricket Australia (CA) ICC’s International Umpire Panel; appointment to the Women’s Ashes Test match; notching up 50 First Class Matches (achieved whilst on exchange in India) and appointment to his first men’s Test Match as Fourth Umpire under DRS conditions.
Throughout his umpiring career, Abood has officiated across two state Premier Cricket competitions. He commenced in the Sydney Premier Cricket competition in 2000/01 and 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. Since moving back to the harbour city in 2007/08, Abood has to this day been appointed to a total of 135 games in the Sydney Premier Cricket competition, 92 of which have been in First Grade.
Abood made his List-A debut in a Domestic One-Day Cup fixture in Wangaratta between Victoria and New South Wales in January 2006. He has stood in a total of 41 List-A Matches to date, which have also included a Tour Match between Victoria and Sri Lanka and the international ‘A’ Series held in the top end in 2014.
In November 2008 Abood made his First-Class debut in a New Zealand Tour Match at the SCG, and went on to stand in his first Sheffield Shield match at the same venue a week later in the fixture between New South Wales and Queensland. Abood has officiated in 51 First-Class matches, and brought up his half century in Vadodara, India, earlier this season where he was appointed to the annual Umpire exchange opportunity between CA and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Abood has also officiated in New Zealand in the Plunkett Shield, and in South Africa as part of the Sunfoil Series.
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 40 times and an additional 18 times as TV Umpire. Abood stood in the KFC BBL|07 Semi Final in Perth last Thursday prior to travelling to Sydney for 3rd Umpire duties for the opening fixture of the Gillette T20 INTL Series between Australia and New Zealand last Saturday night.
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); 12 One-Day Internationals and four T20 International fixtures. In November 2017, Abood made his on-field Women’s Test debut in the fixture between Australia and England at North Sydney Oval. His Women’s One-Day International debut featured the same nations in February 2008 at the SCG, and 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 shortest format, Abood has stood in 11 T20 INTL women’s matches.
Abood debuts alongside Simon Fry. New Zealand’s Chris Brown (3rd); Sam Nogajski (4th) and Javagal Srinath (Match Referee) complete the Playing Control Team. CA Board Member Tony Harrison was on hand to acknowledge Abood's milestone.