T20 World Cup 2021: Umpire Michael Gough banned for 6 days for alleged bio-bubble breach- Report

Michael Gough was officiating in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021| AFP

British umpire Michael Gough has been banned from officiating in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 for six days after he was found guilty of breaching the bubble in the UAE.

According to a report in The Daily Mirror, Gough was asked to stand down by the ICC bio-security committee for six days following his COVID-19 bubble breach in the UAE. The former Durham batter was placed under quarantine for six days for an alleged bio-bubble breach.

He was scheduled to officiate in the Super 12s match between India and New Zealand at the T20 World Cup 2021 but was replaced by South Africa’s Marais Erasmus after it was confirmed that the Englishman had breached the bubble in the UAE.

The umpire was found guilty of breaching the bubble, as the report suggested that Gough left his hotel without permission on Friday, October 29, to meet with people outside the T20 World Cup bubble.

An ICC spokesperson stated as reported by The Daily Mirror: “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.”

Gough is now isolated at his hotel room and is being tested every alternate day.

Noteworthy, there are strict instructions for all players and umpires regarding the bio-bubbles for the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 and if they leave the bubble environments created at hotels and cricket grounds, then they have to undergo isolation.