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India-Pak World Cup semis most exciting: Taufel

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Published: Sunday, October 7, 2012, 12:15 [IST]
 
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'Indo-Pak World Cup semis most exciting'

Colombo, Oct 7: The India-Pakistan semi-final during 2011 World Cup is "the most exciting one" of my career, said retiring Australian umpire Simon Taufel.

Taufel, who will stand in his last international game when he officiates in the ICC World Twenty20 2012 final between Sri Lanka and West Indies at R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday, looked back at his 13 and half years career and picked the India-Pakistan game in Mohali as his memorable one.

"When I look back, there are many memorable moments. But I can instantly remember the India versus Pakistan game at Mohali during the 2011 World Cup semifinal as the most exciting one," said Taufel at a press conference in Colombo.

"The Prime Ministers of the two countries were present and it was more than just a game of cricket. I believe there were two finals in 2011 World Cup. The semifinal and the final," he added.

India won that game and went on to claim the trophy by beating Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai on April 2.

On his toughest match, he picked India-England Test in 2006 in Mumbai as he was not well during those five days.

"They were the longest five days as I was not well. I was bitten by the stomach bug in Mohali. It was a physical as well as a mental test for me," the 41-year-old Taufel said.

On his retirement, he explained: "I always wanted to finish at an ICC event and go out on my own terms. I wanted to have my family here when I would walk away from on-field international umpiring. People and players would expect that I have a good game (WT20 final)."

When his views on Decision Review System (DRS) were sought, Taufel refused to comment.

"I don't wish to comment. It is a matter that (ICC CEO) Dave (Richardson) is taking up with the various cricket committees. My job is to see how technology has a role in the game and also develop and educate future match officials. We want to work with national cricket boards to realise their potential," he concluded.

Taufel umpired in 74 Tests, 174 ODIs. He will stand in his 34th Twenty20 International on Sunday, the most by a umpire in the shortest format. He won ICC Umpire of the year award for five successive years between 2004 and 2008.

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