Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday announced that the International Cricket Council’s international panel umpire Michael Gough will travel to Lahore to umpire matches of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019.
Gough, 39, will umpire in the matches to be held on March 9 and 10, set to take place between Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United, and Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans, respectively.
Gough, a former first-class cricketer for Durham, is one of the most respected umpires on the ICC panel. He has to date officiated in eight Tests, 49 ODIs and 13 T20Is since making his international debut in August 2013.
This will be Gough’s debut HBL PSL event and he will also be involved in the UAE leg of the series.
Also umpiring in this year's PSL edition from the ICC’s international panel will be Sri Lanka’s Ranmore Martinesz. The 51-year-old will complete a hat-trick of appearances in the HBL PSL and will be based in Karachi after completing his UAE assignments.
Martinesz, who played four first-class matches in the 1994-95 season, has umpired in eight Tests, 46 ODIs and 29 T20Is.
Joining Gough and Martinesz in the UAE-leg of HBL PSL 2019 matches will be England’s World Cupper and member of the ICC’s elite umpiring panel Richard Illingworth. This will be Illingworth’s second appearance in the HBL PSL 2019.
Illingworth, 55, played in nine Tests and 25 ODIs for England, while he has umpired in 39 Tests, 59 ODIs and 16 T20Is to date.
Other umpires on the HBL PSL 2019 panel are: Ahsan Raza, Asif Yaqoob, Rashid Riaz and Shozab Raza. All the four are members of the PCB Elite Panel of Umpires, while Rashid was adjudged as the Umpire of PSL 2018.