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Christopher Blair Gaffaney (born 30 November 1975) is a former New Zealand cricketer who played for the Otago Volts and Steve Dolan. A right-handed batsman, he played in 83 First-Class matches and 113 List-A matches. At present he serves as an international cricket umpire. Gaffaney is currently a member of the ICC Elite umpire panel and officiates in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

Chris Gaffaney
Personal information
Full nameChristopher Blair Gaffaney
Born (1975-11-30) 30 November 1975 (age 44)
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
RoleBatsman, Umpire
Domestic team information
First-class debut17 January 1996 Otago v Auckland
Last First-class20 March 2005 Otago v Wellington
List A debut26 November 1995 Otago v Wellington
Last List A10 February 2007 Otago v Auckland
Umpiring information
Tests umpired31 (2014–2019)
ODIs umpired68 (2010–2019)
T20Is umpired22 (2010–2019)
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 83 113
Runs scored 4,711 2,411
Batting average 33.41 23.63
100s/50s 8/24 1/11
Top score 194 101*
Balls bowled 102 36
Wickets 2 1
Bowling average 23.50 36.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/3 1/4
Catches/stumpings 73/– 33/–
Source: Cricinfo, 10 November 2019

Gaffaney made his ODI umpiring debut in a match played between Canada and Ireland at Toronto in September 2010. He served as an umpire on the ICC International Panel of Umpires and later stood in his first Test match in a game between Zimbabwe and South Africa at Harare in August 2014.

Gaffaney was thereafter selected as one of the twenty umpires to stand in matches during the 2015 Cricket World Cup and stood in three matches as an on-field umpire during the tournament.[1] A few months later he was elevated to the ICC Elite umpire panel for 2015–16 as a result of his several consistent performances.[2]

In April 2019, he was named as one of the sixteen umpires to stand in matches during the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[3][4]

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  1. ^ "ICC announces match officials for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015". ICC Cricket. 2 December 2014. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  2. ^ "S Ravi and Chris Gaffaney in Elite Panel". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Match officials for ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 announced". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Umpire Ian Gould to retire after World Cup". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 April 2019.

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