Thursday 16 August 2007 

Taufel To Attend Umpire Seminar

Cricket Australia (CA) is hosting a two-day seminar for their 12 national umpires on 31st August and 1st September.

They will be briefed by two Australian umpires, Daryl Harper and Simon Taufel, who are on the ICC Elite Panel. A third Australian, Darrell Hair, is likely to attend the seminar.

Earlier this year, Cricket Australia undertook a comprehensive review of the umpiring structure in Australia with all cricket stakeholders.

Cricket Australia possesses an Umpiring Department, and employs a full-time Umpire Manager and Umpire Officer as part of that structure.

Computer and video analysis is also now an integral feature in monitoring the progress of umpires at senior level. Every ball bowled in international and domestic matches is logged, and umpires are given the opportunity to examine footage of each of their decisions. This process also allows for comprehensive evaluation of each umpire's overall performance in a match.

The 37-year-old Simon Taufel will be in India for a six-day training course to Indian umpires prior to the seminar in Australia.

"I shall help them to re-evaluate their standard of umpiring at all level. They will be put to tests like analysis of strength and weaknesses," he said from Australia.

"The Indian umpires will be given a general and practical training." Taufel, for obvious reasons did not give specific reasons for no Indian figuring in the ICC list but hoped every efforts by him will help the local umpires to achieve highest goals. "I shall try to explore their skills," he promised.

Simon Taufel is a Justice of the Peace in New South Wales. He played for New South Wales Schoolboys at under-19 level and began umpiring at the age of 20. He has played second grade cricket for Mosman (NSW).

© Bipin Dani
India Correspondent
Cricket World 2007