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Umpire Gough out of WT20 over COVID breach

English umpire Michael Gough will not officiate any more games in the Twenty20 World Cup after he broke COVID-19 health protocols during the tournament, the International Cricket Council has reported.

The 41-year-old official was withdrawn from umpiring New Zealand’s Super 12 match against India on Sunday in Dubai and was replaced by Marais Erasmus of South Africa.

Gough was put in isolation for six days on Tuesday, with British media reporting that he had breached the bio-secure bubble in his designated hotel.

“The ICC today confirmed that umpire Michael Gough will not be appointed to any further matches during the T20 World Cup following a breach of the bio-security protocols,” the game’s governing body said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The ICC recognises the extended periods he has spent in bio-secure conditions over the past two years and will continue to support the wellbeing of all match officials operating in this environment.”

Players and match officials at the tournament are not allowed to mingle with people outside their bubbles.

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