Colombo, Oct 6: Simon Taufel, one of the best umpires the game has seen, will say goodbye to his profession when he stands in his last game in the ICC World Twenty20 2012 final between Sri Lanka and West Indies here on Sunday.
The Australian had announced that World T20 will be his last tournament and he will take up a role with the International Cricket Council after this.
With Australia not reaching the final, it has given Taufel a chance to officiate in another World Cup final.
Taufel will take up the new role of ICC Umpire Performance and Training Manager at the end of the World T20.
The 41-year-old won the ICC Umpire of the year award for five successive years between 2004 and 2008. Taufel umpired in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 final between India and Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. He also stood in the finals of the ICC World Twenty20 2007 and 2009 in South Africa and England respectively, as well as in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2004 in England along with Rudi Koertzen.
Taufel, announcing his decision, said: "Following the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012, I'm moving on from active international umpiring for personal and professional reasons. My wife and children have supported me immensely throughout my career and it is time for me to spend more time with them.
"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."
Simon Taufel Umpiring Biography
Test debut Australia v West Indies at Melbourne, Dec 26-29, 2000
Last Test England v South Africa at Lord's, Aug 16-20, 2012
Test matches 74
ODI debut Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney, Jan 13, 1999
Last ODI England v South Africa at Lord's, Sep 2, 2012
ODI matches 174
T20I debut Kenya v New Zealand at Durban, Sep 12, 2007
Last T20I Sri Lanka v West Indies, Oct , 2012, Colombo
T20I matches 34 (including WT20 final, his last, on Sunday)
ICC Umpire of the Year 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
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