Sky’s the limit for Jamaica umpire

Umpire Patrick Gustard. – Contributed

Jamaican umpire Patrick Gustard has set his sights on becoming on ICC International official after officiating in the final of the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament in St Lucia on Sunday.

Overall the 41-year-old Gustard stood in six matches in the regional tournament and he told STAR Sports that he was humbled by his achievement and is now looking to take his talent to the international stage very soon.

“It was a great experience for me,” said Gustard. “I was able to get onto the senior panel in my first year and was given the opportunity to do the final and so it was a great achievement,” Gustard said shortly after arriving home yesterday.

“I have learnt a lot and I am going to use that to improve my field technique in terms of umpiring,” said Gustard, who have been umpiring for the past 12 years.

“The objective right now is to reach the international panel and from there on, the sky is the limit for me.”

Gustard have also been appointed to umpire in the upcoming Caribbean 50 overs competition as well as the regional four-day competition later this year. “I am working hard to improve every day, because I am in the top eight umpires in the region,” he said.

Gustard added that each umpire was assessed after every match in the just concluded tournament and because of his outstanding showing during the preliminary rounds, he was chosen to do the final.

“Officiating in the final was a major milestone and I think that this is a big stepping stone for me because I think I did well in the preliminary rounds and that gave me the opportunity to stand in the final,” Gustard stated.

- R.B.

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