Tasmania is prominent for producing high quality players and coaches, Mike Graham-Smith is now putting Tasmanian umpire in the spotlight.
Graham-Smith today made his one-day domestic debut, when he walked out to umpire South Australia and Victoria at Bankstown Oval.
State Director of Umpiring Richard Widows says is just the first step in what he expects will be a long career for Graham-Smith.
“Mike is a fantastic umpire and is very much deserved of a position as a national umpire” Widows said.
Mike Graham-Smith along with fellow Tasmanian Jamie Mitchell were selected to manage the Men’s National Under 19 Carnival held in Adelaide. Both performed with distinction with Graham-Smith being ranked number one by CA at the carnivals conclusion.
Mike’s performance in Adelaide has led to his appointment in the International Under 19 Series played in July this year between, Australia, India, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Mike is one of five umpires who stood in the eleven match series which will concluded with a final that Mike was appointed to manage after standing in last year’s pre-season International Under 19 series between Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa. In June of this year, Mike was selected on the 12-man National Umpires Panel (NUP) following the departure of former NUP member Paul Reiffel to the International Cricket Council’s Elite Umpires Panel.