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Taufel retires to ICC role

Simon Taufel, the respected international umpire and MCC Laws sub-committee member, is to step down from the Elite Panel to start a new role as ICC Umpire Performance and Training Manager.

He will continue to offer an insight from the highest level of the game(dot)

Taufel, an international umpire since 1999, has been involved in an advisory role with MCC's Laws sub-committee since 2009.

The Australian said his decision to move on from umpiring was for personal and professional reasons.

He added: "My passion for cricket umpiring and personal professional development has shifted from on the field to off the field. In my new position as 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.

"The new role includes working closely with the National Cricket Federations which is really exciting as is continuing to work with the entire cricket community in helping the development of our cricket umpires."

Unrivalled knowledge

Fraser Stewart, MCC's Laws Manager, paid tribute to the 41-year-old's prolific umpiring career, which spanned 74 Tests and 174 ODIs.

"Everyone at MCC congratulates Simon on an excellent career and wishes him well in his new position, for which he will be very well suited."

Stewart also said he was looking forward to Taufel continuing his work with MCC: "Simon has made many valuable contributions to the Laws sub-committee since he joined and, even though he will no longer be umpiring internationally, I am sure he will continue to offer an insight from the highest level of the game.

"His knowledge of the Laws, playing conditions and the techniques of umpiring are almost unrivalled."

Taufel is considered one of the finest umpires of his generation and was voted ICC Umpire of the Year in five consecutive years, from 2004-2008.

He umpired his last Test match at Lord's in August, as South Africa beat England to go top of the ICC world rankings.

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