Australian umpire Simon Taufel decides to hang up his ‘hat’

first_imgIt came as a surprise to many in the cricket world when Simon Taufel, at just 41 years of age, on Wednesday announced his decision to retire from international umpiring.The Australian, perennially rated as one of the best in the world, will quit at the end of the World Twenty20 on October 7, and has already officiated in his last Test and One-Day International in the recent England-South Africa series.”I’m moving on from active international umpiring for personal and professional reasons. My wife and children have supported me immensely throughout my career and it is time for me to spend more time with them,” Taufel said in an ICC release.He will be taking up a much less hectic job – the newly-created post of ICC Umpire Performance and Training Manager. “I look forward to help create professional programmes and resources to support the current and future generations of cricket match officials.”A promising fast bowler who started out alongside Adam Gilchrist but suffered a career-ending back injury, Taufel shifted to umpiring very early by normal standards. His first ODI was in 1999, at the tender age of 27, and his first Test was the Boxing Day match between Australia and West Indies in 2000.Since then, he went on to establish himself as the premier official in the world. Only Australia’s success at the 2003 and 2007 World Cups prevented him from umpiring in a World Cup final, though he did eventually do that in the India-Sri Lanka final in Mumbai last year.He won the ICC’s Umpire of the Year award for five straight years (2004-08), but had stated four years ago that the constant travel was making him weary.advertisement”It’s important to spend time with my family, spend more time with my kids. The difference between us and the players is we don’t have a home series as such. That Australian umpire Simon Taufel makes it harder.”last_img

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