Paul Reiffel set to make umpiring Test debut

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Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 14:41 [IST]
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Reiffel set to make umpiring Test debut

Antigua, Jul 25: Former Australian paceman Paul Reiffel will make his umpiring Test debut on Wednesday when he officiates in the match between West Indies and New Zealand in Antigua.

The 46-year-old Reiffel played 35 Tests for Australia. He also played 92 One Day Internationals and was a part of Australia's 1999 World Cup winning squad.

He has already stood in 24 ODIs and seven Twenty20 Internationals.

Reiffel will also stand in the second Test between West Indies in Jamaica starting from August 2.

Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday congratulated Reiffel.

Reiffel becomes just the fifth former Australian Test player to umpire a Test match, behind fellow players turned officials Charles Bannerman, George Coulthard, Patrick George McShane and Alan Richardson.

CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said it was great to see another Australian umpiring at Test level and a testament to CA's umpire programme.

"Paul was a terrific cricketer for Australia who is now proving that he is an excellent official as well and we wish him all the best for his Test umpiring debut in the Caribbean later tonight Australian time," Sutherland said in CA media release.

"Paul becomes just the fifth former Australian cricketer to make the transition from Test player to Test umpire and joins countrymen Steve Davis, Simon Taufel, Rod Tucker and Bruce Oxenford as current Australian Test umpires, the most of any ICC member nation.

"Paul's rise to the top of umpiring ranks continues Australia's proud history of producing quality umpires who have come through the development pathway and on to international honours. We hope his transition from player to umpire will continue to inspire others to take that path once their playing days have concluded."


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