Cricket Umpires Australia
Ian Lock appointed as National Umpire Coach
Former long serving member of the National Umpire Panel, Ian Lock, has been announced as the Cricket Australia National Umpire coach.
Elevated to the National Panel in 2003-04, West Australian Lock officiated in a total of 174 games, including 86 First Class fixtures. Debuting in March 2001 in the match between Western Australia and Tasmania at the WACA, Lock stood in a total of 76 Sheffield Shield fixtures, plus a further two as Third Umpire in Finals. He officiated in a ten other games with First Class status, which incorporated touring teams from South Africa, England, Zimbabwe, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Lock stood in 56 ‘List A’ matches, which included 48 One-Day domestic fixtures on-field, with a further nine in the Third Umpires box. In February 2009, he stood in the One-Day Cup final between Victoria and Queensland at the MCG. In the shortest version of the game, he was appointed to 27 twenty20 fixtures, with a further 12 as Third Umpire.
At an international level, Lock was on field for a rare Women’s Test Match which was held at the WACA between Australia and England in January 2014, plus a further seven Women’s One Day Internationals and a Women’s Twenty20 International. He also acted as Fourth Umpire for ICC Test Matches featuring Pakistan (2004/05) and South Africa (2005/06), as well as two One-Day Internationals during the 2011/12 tri-series between Australia, Sri Lanka and India.
Since leaving the National Panel in 2014/15, Lock became an instrumental member within in the Western Australian umpiring system, being appointed WACA Umpire Coach. He was also involved in the Cricket Australia Under 19 and Under 17 Male tournaments as an observer.
Lock will be responsible for driving the ongoing improvement of high performance cricket umpires in Australia. By providing umpires with dedicated coaching, mentoring and training, he will work individually with each contracted umpire to provide them with a tailored development plan, to ensure that the umpires perform well in every match, and to help ensure that Australia continues to produce the best and most respected match officials in the world.