Officiating Indo-Pak matches was intimidating: Ian Gould
Monitoring Report
LONDON: The former ICC Elite Panel Umpire Ian Gould, in an interview with ESPNCricinfo, recalled his experience of officiating in matches between the arch-rivals India and Pakistan.
Gould, who is now retired after umpiring in 251 international matches, felt the pressure from the crowd was ‘intimidating’ during the aforementioned high-profile encounters.
“It’s intimidating. Not the players. The players are outstanding people. I’ve done seven, eight India-Pakistan games and the guys are real good people. They get on with each other,” said Gould. “If you allow a crowd to get to you, all that noise and Mexican waves, or whatever, can distract you. Then you start missing bits and pieces and it’s a difficult place to be.”
Last month, Gould, in an interview with BBC 5 Live Sport, created a media stir after he revealed that he would stick with his original decision, while referring to his infamously overturned lbw decision after Pakistan’s former off-spinner Saeed Ajmal caught Tendulkar on the pads, during the 2011 World Cup semi-final between the two countries in Mohali.
“When I gave him [Tendulkar] out at Mohali, I’m thinking this is out. I will sit here and guarantee you, if I see it again, I’d still give it out, simple as that,” he said.
The former umpire stated that he was in disbelief after he saw the ball missing the leg-stump during the review and feared another ball hitting the pads after that overturned decision.
“It does affect you at some stage but what you have to do is like a player, get rid of it as soon as you can. My problem was the disbelief of that thing missing leg-stump, in my mind it was one of those straightforward ones, gone,” he said. “My biggest fear after that was that I didn’t want another ball to hit anybody on the pad, my mind had gone.”