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T20 World Cup: Umpire Breaches Bio-Bubble, Withdrawn From Officiating In Matches

Rishabh Gautam
By Rishabh Gautam
November 02, 2021 • 13:53 PM View: 675

English umpire Michael Gough has been withdrawn from officiation in the ongoing T20 World Cup matches for six days and was placed under quarantine due to an alleged bio bubble breach, as stated by a report by 'The Daily Mirror'.

The report says that Gough, the former Durham batter, who is regarded as one of the best umpires in international cricket - was asked to stand down by ICC Bio-Security Committee following the COVID bubble breach in UAE.


This was decided after Gough reportedly left his hotel without permission to meet people who were not part of the tournament's bio bubble. 'The Bio-Security Advisory Committee has instructed Umpire Micahel Gough to isolate for six days due to breach of the event bio-security protocols' an ICC spokesperson quoted.

Gough was due to stand in Sunday's match between India & New Zealand but was withdrawn following his breach and was replaced by South Africa's Marais Erasmus. Gough is now confined to his hotel room and is being tested regularly. 

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If he comes out clean in the tests during his six-day quarantine, Gough is expected to resume his umpiring duties but it is still unclear whether an ICC sanction awaits him in the future for his bubble breach. 

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