T20 WC: Michael Gough broke the tournament’s bio-bubble a few days ago.© Twitter
English referees Michael Gough was withdrawn from the continued on Wednesday T20 World Cup by the ICC after violating the tournament’s bio-bubble a few days ago. The 41-year-old was placed in solitary confinement for six days after leaving his hotel without permission last Friday to meet with people outside the tournament’s bubble. “… referee Michael Gough will not be appointed for any further matches during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 after a breach of the bio-security protocols,” the ICC said in a statement.
“The ICC acknowledges the long periods it has spent in bio-safe conditions over the past two years and will continue to support the well – being of all match officials working in this area,” it added.
Gough was to observe last Sunday’s match between India and New Zealand in Dubai, but was withdrawn after his offense and was replaced by South Africa’s Marais Erasmus.
Gough, a former Durham batsman, is currently regarded as one of the best referees in international cricket. He was tested every alternate day during his isolation.
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