Bangalore, Sep 26: Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday paid tribute to umpire Simon Taufel, who announced that he will retire after the ICC World Twenty20 2012 in Sri Lanka.
The ICC has appointed another top Australian umpire, Bruce Oxenford, to replace Taufel and he will now join fellow Australians Rod Tucker and Steve Davis on the 12-member ICC Elite Panel list, from November 1.
Taufel will continue in a new role as ICC Umpire Performance and Training Manager.
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said, in a CA media release, said: "Simon's contribution to international umpiring has been immense. He won the ICC Umpire of the Year award for five years in a row from 2004 to 2008, which demonstrates his excellence and consistency as an international umpire.
"More than that, he has helped inspire the present generation of Australian umpires to develop their skills and to become the best officials they can be. His approach to physical and mental fitness has set the trend for leaner, fitter, and healthier umpires. It is pleasing to know that he will continue to be involved in the training and development of umpires. Simon still has much to offer the game.
"I'm delighted that Bruce Oxenford will take up the baton with the ICC Elite Panel - it is deserved recognition of his performances over recent years - and we at CA congratulate him on his appointment."
Taufel has been at the forefront of DRS education for the past three years, and has worked closely with Cricket Australia to educate the next generation of umpires.
The 41-year-old will manage educational programmes that will deliver modern, innovative approaches to umpire coaching, education, and development. This includes collaboration with elite officials in other sports.