England umpire Michael Gough has been withdrawn from officiating in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup for six days.
Michael Gough has been kept under isolation for six days after an alleged bio-bubble breach. According to reports, Michael Gough was asked to step down by the ICC Bio-Security Committee after his alleged breach of the bio-bubble protocols. It is reported that Gough left his hotel room without permission to meet with people outside the tournament’s bubble on Friday.
“The Bio-Security Advisory Committee has instructed Umpire Michael Gough to isolate for six days due to a breach of the event bio-security protocols,” an ICC spokesperson was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
The former Durham batsmen was scheduled to officiate as an on-field umpire for the match between India and New Zealand in Dubai. But the latter was withdrawn following his breach and was replaced by South Africa’s Marais Erasmus.
Michael Gough is now under a mandatory quarantine period of about six days where he is being regularly tested for Covid-19 on every alternative day. However, it is still unclear whether the latter will be allowed to continue for the remainder of the tournament.
The 41-year-old was the TV umpire in the Super 12 game between West Indies and Sri Lanka on Thursday.