Victorian John Ward retires from professional umpiring

April 17, 2020
Category: Umpires,
Victorian John Ward retires from professional umpiring

Cricket Victoria congratulates umpire John Ward, who is retiring from professional umpiring after 19 seasons at the elite level.

Over the past two decades, Ward has enjoyed a distinguished career at international and domestic level. Fittingly, he stood with fellow retiring umpire, South Australian Simon Fry, in their final match together in Tasmania’s Marsh Sheffield Shield victory over New South Wales at Blundstone Arena in March.

Ward stood in 32 white ball internationals, in a total of 87 First Class, 84 List-A and 117 T20 matches.

“I feel very fortunate to have umpired cricket at this level for so long. It has been a privilege. The relationships I’ve developed with on-field colleagues, match referees, CA staff and players have been the highlight for me,” Ward said.

“My retirement creates an opportunity for someone else to experience this high-performance environment and I hope they enjoy it as much as I did.”

Peter Roach, CA Head of Cricket Operations, thanked both retiring umpires on behalf of the Australian Cricket community.

“We extend our congratulations and thanks to both Simon and John on their outstanding contributions to umpiring in Australia,” Roach said.

“Throughout their careers, Simon and John have demonstrated outstanding skill and leadership. Both depart the umpiring ranks at the top of their craft and we wish them well in their retirement.”

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