Simon Taufel Names 3 Indian Cricketers Who Can Become Great Umpires
By CricShots - May 28, 2022 4:36 pm
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In the last decade or so, the introduction of DRS has been helping the umpires to a great extent to take good decisions, but it remains one of the toughest facets of cricket. The job of an umpire is as tough as it comes, especially the scrutiny they face even for the slightest of errors in the match. Former Australian umpire, Simon Taufel, has recently named cricketers he would like to take the role in the future.

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Simon Taufel

Simon Taufel has started an online umpiring course in association with the ICC Cricket Academy in Dubai. The course offers three levels of accreditation: Introductory, Level 1, and Level 2. talking about the course, Taufel revealed that it is for everyone, from beginners to active professional umpires, who want to add layers to their skills.

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The vast majority of people believe that umpiring is boring and the profession isn’t rewarding enough in comparison to some of the other, more glamorous jobs in cricket. But Simon Taufel has debunked those claims by saying that it is one of the most rewarding jobs in cricket.

During a recent chat with News9, Simon Taufel said, “It’s never boring, except when you might be umpiring in a very dry environment in Karachi or similar places. There’s not much happening in terms of wickets. But what I would say is that we’ve tried to make the course engaging and umpiring itself is not for everyone. You know, it is challenging. People say how do you concentrate for long periods of time? And the answer is, well, you don’t, you just look at bite-sized pieces. It’s very rewarding.”

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Virat Kohli and R Ashwin

Simon Taufel is regarded as one of the greatest umpires as he was impeccable with his decisions throughout his umpiring career which lasted for more than 13 years. He won five consecutive “ICC Umpire of the Year” awards between 2004 and 2008. In the interview when he was asked about the cricketers that he would want to see as umpires in the future, he revealed the names of players that he thought would fit in well due to their cricketing knowledge. 

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Simon Taufel elaborated, “You have really got to have a personality and desire to want to do it. I’ve spoken to some players like Morne Morkel who’s been interested in taking up umpiring but as I said before, it’s not for everyone. I’d love to see Virender Sehwag, maybe even Virat Kohli or Ravichandran Ashwin take it up. They seem to be very well on top of the laws and playing conditions of the game at the moment.”

Taufel also revealed his conversation with Virender Sehwag, when he suggested the former Indian opener take up umpiring.

Simon Taufel recalled, “I remember putting it on his head a few years ago and I’m challenging Virender to take it up because he is used to umpire next to me standing at square leg and telling me what was out what not was out. But he subsequently said no, that’s not what he wants to do.”