Tony Hill Stands Down From Elite Panel

Tony Hill
Tony Hill has stepped down from the Elite Panel to take up a job with New Zealand Cricket (NZC)
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Tony Hill has stood down from the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires to take up the position of New Zealand Cricket Umpire Coach.

Hill, 62, was promoted to the Elite Panel in 2009 having served on the international panel for 11 years.

He made his international debut in a One-Day International between New Zealand and Zimbabwe in Napier in March 1998, going on to officiate in 40 Tests, 96 ODIs and 17 Twenty20 Internationals.

He umpired during the 2007 and 2011 World Cups, the 2009 and 2013 Champions Trophies, and the 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012 ICC World Twenty20 competitions.

"I have treasured my time as an umpire and more recently as an elite umpire," Hill said.

"It has been so special officiating internationally among great players alongside the finest umpires in the world. What a privilege.

"This wonderful opportunity as NZC Umpire Coach enables me to continue to be part of this marvelous match official community and work with the aspiring umpires throughout New Zealand. What a challenge and one I look forward to.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the ICC and feel privileged to have been part of the system at a time when umpiring transformed to what it is today.

"I would like to offer my special thanks and appreciation to my family, colleagues in the Playing Control Team and all those who I have worked with for supporting me throughout my time with the ICC."

Paying tribute to Hill, whose last appointment was the fifth and final 2013 Ashes Test in Sydney, ICC Umpires and Referees Manager Vince van der Bijl said:

"Tony has given sterling service to the game over many years and his humour, commitment and selfless approach will be sorely missed.

"He loves cricket and officiating, so we are delighted that in his new role he will continue to serve the game and help New Zealand continue to produce top level umpires into the future.

"Many thanks Tony for playing such an important role in the period of transformation within the match official community and for your contribution to each of us."

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