Taufel to stand down
Umpire Simon Taufel has announced he will stand down from the International Cricket Council's elite panel following the conclusion of the World Twenty20.
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Taufel has been one of the most respected figures in the game for nearly a decade, highlighted by the fact he was named the ICC's Umpire of the Year for five successive years from 2004 to 2008.
But the Australian, who stood in the 2011 World Cup final as well as the showpiece encounters in the 2007 and 2009 World Twenty20, wants a less demanding schedule to spend more time with his family, with compatriot Bruce Oxenford replacing him on the panel.
"Following the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012, I'm moving on from active international umpiring for personal and professional reasons," said Taufel in an ICC statement.
"My wife and children have supported me immensely throughout my career and it is time for me to spend more time with them."
Taufel will not disappear from the game entirely, however, after accepting the newly-created role of ICC Umpire Performance and Training Manager.
ICC's chief executive Dave Richardson said: "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.
"I am delighted that he will be working with us to groom and develop the next generation of elite umpires."