Ian 'Gunner' Gould has tipped Irish umpire Roly Black to go to the very top of the officiating ladder.

In his new book: Gunner: My Life in Cricket, the 62 year-old heaps praise on the Bready man who he observed at close quarters while acting as umpire mentor at the Under 19 World Cup in South Africa last year.

(Ian Gould)

"I had heard on the grapevine that there weren't many good umpires coming through the system, but from what I saw in five weeks in South Africa, that was bullshit.

"In particular, let me mark your card about Roly Black, an Irish umpire, who is outstanding. If he doesn't make it all the way to the top, I will be amazed."

(Roly Black)

There are few better qualified than Gould to make such an assertion who played for Middlesex and England before becoming a coach, and then an umpire, where in 13 years in the middle he officiated in 74 Test, 140 ODI's and 37 T20I's.

48 year-old Black stood in both semi-finals of that U19 World Cup, and has risen the officiating ladder since his first taste of international cricket in 2016. His first ODI was in 2016 in Belfast, while his first taste of T20 was on his home ground at Bready later that summer.

Gould was also is very complimentary about Ed Joyce who he coached as a young batsman at Middlesex seconds as he was making his way into county cricket.

Gould's book is available now at all good bookshops and online.