SImon Taufel. -Photo by AFP

COLOMBO: Australian Simon Taufel will end his international umpiring career after the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka to groom the next generation of elite match officials, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday.

The 41-year-old has umpired in 74 tests and 174 one-day internationals in his outstanding career, winning ICC Umpire of the Year award for five successive years from 2004 to 2008.

Taufel said in an ICC statement that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

“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,” he added.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson paid tribute to one of cricket's most consistent umpires.

“Simon has been one of the most respected umpires for over a decade due to his excellent decision-making and man-management skills.

“He has been a role model for umpires globally who look to him for inspiration and guidance,” he added.

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September 27, 2012 3:00 pm
please correct facts, MR Aleem Dar is great personality and honest human being, it was Asad Rouf, for whom media reports linking india girl.
September 26, 2012 5:23 pm
He is anytime better than Aleem Dar and Asad Rauf.
Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
September 27, 2012 3:39 am
We as Pakistanis must support Aleem Dar who is good umpire indeed but what about his affair with Indian girl? This is too bad on his part to defame self & Pakistan. We must shun him on this account. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait
TJ Rao
September 27, 2012 4:14 am
To gain and represent genetleman's side of the game, you need special personality and calibre. He had it both. Good Luck in your family life. Respect and best regards from Pakistan.
September 26, 2012 10:09 am
He is good umpire but Aleem Dar is much better.
September 26, 2012 5:48 pm
a great umpire indeed. if ICC was not willing to give the best umpire's award to Aleem Dar, inspite of his great performance, taufel was the man, most deserving that award.
September 26, 2012 9:31 pm
"In my new position as ICC umpire performance and training manager", he is still in the picture but less time on pitch and I am sure the money is good too. Aleem Dar is un-compareable, first there was Steve Bucknor, and the legacy lives on as Aleem Dar, he is not the best, he is THE best. Period.
Capt C M Khan
September 26, 2012 8:31 pm
Yes a very good umpire...without any doubt.
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