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Ian Gould

Ian Gould has been umpiring since 2001 and made the ICC international panel in 2006

The England and Wales Cricket Board is delighted that Ian Gould has been selected for the elite panel of ICC umpires with effect from April 1 2009.

Gould has been a member of the Emirates international panel of ICC umpires since April 2006.

Gould's playing career spanned 16 years, for both Middlesex and Sussex, and he also won 18 one-day international caps for England including an appearance in the 1983 World Cup semi-final.

He made the transition to umpiring in 2001 and has since stood in 81 first-class matches and has gained a reputation as one of the most effective officials among the ECB first-class umpires.

Gould said: “I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to join the elite panel. As a player I achieved international recognition and in umpiring I have the same appetite to reach and stay at the top.

“With the experience I have been able to gather both as an international player and as an umpire I believe I have an understanding and insight of the demands on both players and officials at the highest level of the game to which I am committed.

“I am looking forward to being involved with the best and I will be looking to develop confidence in my umpiring ability further with the encouragement and trust shown in me by ICC and my ECB colleagues.”

ECB umpires’ manager, Chris Kelly said: “We are delighted that Ian’s ability has been recognised by ICC and we will continue to support him as he becomes involved in more Test matches throughout the cricket world.

“His appointment to the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007 was the catalyst that he has used to develop his officiating in the international arena and with recent Test match appointments from ICC in South Africa and New Zealand he has shown himself to be a capable and effective practitioner.

“We wish him success as he looks to take his umpiring to the next level and work more closely with his colleagues at the very top level of the game. His in depth knowledge of the game from the many perspectives that he is fortunate to have has provided him with this wonderful opportunity.”

ECB chief executive David Collier added: “Ian has been recognised as being one of the finest umpires in the world. This is a wonderful accolade for Ian and also a tribute to the umpiring standards in England and Wales.

“The ECB's officials association continues to go from strength to strength with more than 6,400 members and we hope that many of those officials will aspire to follow Ian to the highest level of the game.”