English umpire Ian Gould is officiating his last One Day International Match (ODI) in the ongoing India-Sri Lanka match. Gould is part of the 16 member panel of umpires appointed for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The tournament also has six match referees.
The 61-year old Englishman, who made his International Umpiring debut in 2006, has officiated in 250 International matches across all formats of Cricket. The ongoing match is his 251st assignment.
Gould was also the umpire in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final played between India and Pakistan. Gould is also a former player and had featured in 18 One Day Internationals for England in his playing career. He has also kept wickets for his national team in the 1983 World Cup.
Although Gould could never play a Test for his country, he came in as a substitute in Melbourne in 1982-83 and took a catch which helped England dismiss Greg Chapell for 2.
It is as an umpire that Gould is best known for. His contribution to the field of umpiring has been immense and over the years Gould has given some of the toughest decisions with utmost conviction, ease and accuracy.
The ongoing World Cup is his fourth as an umpire and he will retire having officiated in 74 Tests and 140 ODIs overall.