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Top 5 cricketers turned umpires 

S Samaddar
ANALYST
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78.70K   //    06 Feb 2018, 22:31 IST

Usually, former cricketers go into broadcasting, journalism, coaching or administrative roles with their own cricket boards once their days as a professional cricketer are over.

Very few, however, go into umpiring and perhaps it is due to the fact that professionals do not want to go back into another high-pressure job again.

That being said, a handful of former cricketers have gone into this job and carved a niche for themselves in the game, following the closure of their careers.

Here is a look at 5 of those cricketers, who were excellent players for their country or state teams and also went on to become excellent umpires.

#5 Ian Gould

Australia v Sri Lanka - 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup

The genial Englishman, who has become one of the world's best umpires over the course of the last decade or so, was also a well-known cricketer in English country cricket. Ian Gould was a wicketkeeper, who played for Sussex, Middlesex and Auckland in a career that spanned around 19 years from 1975 to 1996.

His excellent show in County Cricket eventually earned him a call-up to the England national team and he played 18 one day internationals for the national team in the first half of 1983. He took 15 catches and affected 3 stumpings, but he did not get going with the bat (average 12.91).

However, as an umpire, he is, without a doubt a top class professional since 2006 and till date, he has officiated in 64 Test matches, 123 one day internationals and 37 T20 Internationals.

He is still only 60 years old and still at the top of his game, which is why cricket fans can expect that Gould would be a part of the ICC Elite Panel of umpires for plenty of seasons to come. 

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