Taufel Calls For Umpire ‘Succession Planning’

LONDON: Former Test umpire Simon Taufel has called for more countries to produce leading officials in a bid to boost “succession planning” while admitting technology poses a “double edge” for decision-makers.

The Australian, who retired from umpiring after the World Twenty20 in October, was speaking Wednesday while delivering the 13th MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s, said the ongoing Ashes series between England and Australia “highlights one significant challenge — that of succession planning”.

England and Australia between them provide eight members of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) 12-strong panel of elite umpires.

That means only four men — Pakistan’s Aleem Dar, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena, South Africa’s Marais Erasmus and New Zealand’s Tony Hill — are currently eligible to officiate in the Ashes, with the current five-match series set to be followed by another five Tests in Australia starting later this year.

Taufel added: “The neutrality guidelines mean that eight of the 12 Elite Panel umpires are not eligible to officiate (in the Ashes).

“We have a real need to encourage and support the other Test playing countries to invest more resources in this area. This representation trend by two countries needs more competition from the others,” said Taufel.

“Umpiring is everyone’s business, everyone seems to have an opinion on it but we need to alter the mindset and have all the countries investing more in the future of match officiating.”

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