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Abood to make international umpiring debut

1st February 2018

Gerard Abood

New South Wales umpire Gerard Abood has been appointed to officiate in his first International match when Australia take on England in the second T20 fixture of the Gillette Tri-Series at Blundstone Arena in Hobart on 7 February.

Abood will become just the 15th Australian to umpire in a T20 International match and the 108th overall.

He said he wouldn’t have got to this point without the support of his wife Jacinda, his 12-year-old daughter, Hannah, and 10-year-old son, Henry.

“There’s a lot of time away, there’s a lot time devoted to games of cricket, and it’s at the expense of spending time with them,” Abood said.

It continues a year of milestones for the Sydney solicitor which started with his nomination, and subsequent accreditation, to the ICC International Umpiring Panel which has led to this appointment.

Earlier in the season, Abood umpired his 50th First Class match in Vadodara, India, as part of an umpire exchange program between Cricket Australia and the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

He currently has 51 First Class matches to his name, including 44 Sheffield Shield games. 

Abood said a focus on continuous improvement has been an important philosophy he has carried with him throughout his career.

“(It’s) just not so much worried about the results or where you might or might not get to, but worry about the process, just worry about getting better at what you’re doing.”

The match in Hobart won’t be the first experience at the international level for Abood.   

He has been a member of the National Umpire Panel since 2009. During that time, he was appointed as a Reserve Umpire to four men’s Test matches, 10 One-Day Internationals and four T20 International matches.

During November Abood made his female Test Cricket debut when he stood in the very first day-night Women’s Ashes Test match.

He has also umpired in nine Women’s One-Day Internationals and 11 Women’s T20Is.

The umpiring journey started some 17 years ago for Abood in Sydney Shires and McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket, after several years playing in those same competitions.

“I was just going to do a year, just to sort of give it a try, and give myself a break from playing for a season,” Abood said.

“I basically really enjoyed it and thought it was worth sticking around and doing a bit of umpiring for a bit longer rather than rushing back to play.”

In just his second season, he was nominated as the NSWCU&SA umpiring representative at the Cricket Australia Under 17 National Championships in the 2001-02 season, which was very important in his development.

“That was a bit of an eye opener, I was perhaps there a little prematurely, but I really enjoyed it … I think at that stage I hadn’t even done a First Grade game and I was umpiring in the National Carnival with a couple of guys that had done some Shield cricket,” Abood said.

“It was a really good exposure, at an early stage, to what was going to be required if I wanted to go anywhere in umpiring.”

One of those umpires, who Abood had the privilege to umpire with during that carnival, was International umpire of 46 Test matches, Bruce Oxenford.

Oxenford, along with NSWCU&SA Executive Officer and acclaimed umpire, Darren Goodger, are two of the biggest influences on Abood’s career.

“The perspective that they bring to the game and to any discussions about the game; it’s just a real unique perspective from a couple of guys who really get the game, and not everyone does.”

“But I find those two guys, in particular, just understand the game of cricket and understand what it takes to officiate a game of cricket.”

Abood is forever grateful for the assistance that the NSWCU&SA have provided during his career.

“The help and support I’ve had from the NSWCU&SA … has just been massive.”

Abood will also umpire in Thursday night’s KFC Big Bash League semi-final at the new Optus Stadium between the Perth Scorchers and Hobart Hurricanes.


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