ICC initiative to develop umpires` communication skills

With increasing involvement of third umpire in making correct decisions, the ICC wants to start a uniform programme for all member countries, including India, to develop their communication skills by taking help from the British Council.

ORS targeting accuracy, time saving in cricket: Simon Taufel

Simon Taufel, five-time umpire of the year, on Thursday said a new trialled system will help attain more accuracy and save time on referred decisions during international cricket matches.

Taufel calls for `urgent` review of Cricket`s Panel of Elite Umpires

ICC Umpire Performance and Training Manager Simon Taufel has said that the current structure of cricket`s Panel of Elite Umpires is in need of urgent review after the fourth Ashes Test at Durham was also hit by controversy surrounding umpiring decisions.

`Double-edged` DRS making umpiring tougher than 20 years back, says Taufel

Former Test umpire Simon Taufel has said that technology and reviews have put more pressure on umpires and have created a `double edge` for them, adding that decision-making in the game is tougher now than it was 20 years ago.

Simon Taufel calls on more countries to produce umpires amid DRS fiasco

Former Test umpire Simon Taufel has called for more countries to produce leading umpires in a bid to boost `succession planning`, although he admitted that the Decision Review System (DRS) is also posing as a problem for decision-makers.

WT20 final to be Taufel`s last game as umpire

Australian Simon Taufel will officiate in tomorrow`s World Twenty20 summit clash between Sri Lanka and West Indies -- his last assignment as an ICC Elite panel umpire.

Umpiring WC semis at Mohali was most exciting moment: Taufel

Australian umpire Simon Taufel, who is set to stand in his final international game during tomorrow`s ICC World T20 final, termed the 2011 World Cup semi-final between India versus Pakistan as the "most exciting match" of his career.

Oxenford appointed to Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires

Bruce Oxenford will be replacing Simon Taufel on the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires from November 1, the ICC announced on Wednesday.

Taufel to step down from ICC`s elite panel after World T20

Simon Taufel will step down from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires after the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, which runs until October 7, to take up the new role of Umpire Performance and Training Manager, the ICC said on Wednesday.

I was just protecting myself from being hit by ball: Hussey

David Hussey on Monday justified his action saying he was just trying to "protect" himself.

I trust umpires in their decisions: Watson

Shane Watson reckons that the Simon Taufel and Billy Bowden had taken correct decisions.

Obstructions create a flutter at SCG

It seems controversy can never be far behind if India are playing Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Pakistan coach Khan in favor of replay for umpires

Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan has came out in support of technology in international cricket to rectify umpires` mistakes.

BCCI to discuss Taufel proposal on improving umpiring standard

The Umpires` sub-committee of the BCCI will discuss a proposal submitted by top Australian umpire Simon Taufel regarding the ways to improve the standard of umpiring in the country on Saturday.

Taufel, Dar among 17 on-field umpires for IPL IV

Australian Simon Taufel and Pakistan`s Aleem Dar, who officiated in the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka last week, were today named among 17 on-field umpires for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League commencing on Friday at Chennai.

Australia`s World Cup loss is Taufel`s gain

Defending champions Australia`s World Cup debacle came as a blessing in disguise for at least one Australian -- umpire Simon Taufel, who will finally get a chance to officiate in a World Cup final.

Taufel, Gould to umpire Indo-Pak semifinal

Australian Simon Taufel, a winner of five consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year awards, and England`s Ian Gould were today appointed as the on-field officials for the high-voltage India-Pakistan World Cup semifinal here on Wednesday.