Whether you're a die-hard cricket fan or someone struggling to live through 'November', Garth Stirrat is one name people in both the teams will know about. Why? Because this man has been a player and supervised many matches, even outside the field.
People know Garth Stirrat as the fourth umpire from the third T20I match between New Zealand and England, which took place at Nelson on November 5. But, what most people don't know is that the 51-year-old Stirrat is also a former porn star and he managed to keep this fact a secret, quite successfully for some time. At least until now. In fact, he apparently used the name 'Steve Parnell' during his porn career days.
But, it wasn't all rosy for him, his past came back to haunt him on many occassions. Reportedly, 10 years ago, Stirrat was sacked from his post as chief executive of the New Zealand Professional Golfers' Association when his secret porn career came out in the open. But he didn't lose hope and carved a successful career for himself in Cricket. Earlier, he even played cricket in his homeland before trying his hands at umpiring.
According to reports, Stirrat said after the thrid T20I, "Was proud as punch to be involved in the T20I in Nelson as 4th umpire. Wasn't a bad way to spend the birthday too."
FYI, this was the same match where New Zealand defeated England by 14 runs and took a 2-1 lead. England later came back with a bang and made the score 2-2 by beating New Zealand by 76 runs in the fourth T20I held in Napier.