Simon James Arthur Taufel
, (born 21 January 1971 in St Leonards, New South Wales
), is an Australian cricket umpire
who is a member of the ICC Elite umpire panel
. He won five consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year
awards between 2004 and 2008, and is generally considered to be one of the best umpires in the world.
Taufel played for Cammeray Cricket Club in the Northern Suburbs Cricket Association as a fast-medium bowler. After the 1990–1991 season he won the club's best and fairest
award was leading wicket-taker and had the lowest bowling average in the association.
Beginning to have no intention of becoming an umpire, he agreed to go along with a friend to an umpiring course. After he passed the subsequent exam he began umpiring grade cricket. He quickly progressed through the ranks and made his first-class
debut in 1995, aged just 24.
Taufel stood in his first One Day International
(ODI) on 13 January 1999 in the match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Sydney when he was 28 years old. He umpired his first Test match in December 2000 – the Boxing Day Test between Australia and West Indies at Melbourne. He stood in another Test match a year later between Australia... Read More