Simon Taufel

The youngest person to win ICC’s Bronze Bails and to umpire a test match


Renowned Australian umpire Simon Taufel is known for his accurate judgement and extremely professional demeanour on the cricket pitch.

A persistent friend changed Simon’s life. He had no intentions of becoming a cricket umpire but appeared for the exam because his friend insisted him to. As fate would have it, he not only passed the exam but quickly climbed the ladder to become a widely recognised cricket umpire. At the age of 29 he was  one of the youngest umpires to take the judgement calls in a test match. 

He finally got a chance to umpire the World Cup in 2011 when Australia lost in the semi-finals.  Simon stepped down as an umpire after 13 years in 2012 and consequently became the  ICC’s Umpire Performance and Training Manager. The latter was a brief stint of three years. 

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

Simon was a member of the Emirates International Umpires of ICC in 2002    He was the recipient of ‘ICC Umpire of the Year’ for five consecutive years from 2004-2008. 

His career boasts of umpiring over 100 ODIs  and is the youngest recipient of ‘ICC’s Bronze Bails’ for achieving the same feat.

He is the author of Finding the Gaps, a book on his career as an umpire and then being on the administrative side of cricket.  

Why Simon Taufel ?

A professional through and through, Simon speaks about the importance of hard work and success going hand in hand. He often quips about his days on the field and the lessons he learnt there. 

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