ICC news January 9, 2014

Hill steps down from elite panel

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tony Hill has stepped down from the ICC elite panel of umpires to take up the role of New Zealand Cricket umpire coach. He will begin his new role in March this year.

Hill, 62, ends a 15-year international umpiring career, having officiated in 40 Tests, 96 ODIs and 17 Twenty20 internationals. He was promoted to the elite panel in 2009 after serving on the international panel for 11 years.

Hill came into umpiring without any background in first-class cricket and made his international debut with an ODI between New Zealand and Zimbabwe in Napier in March 1998. He stood in the World Cups in 2007 and 2011, the Champions Trophies in 2009 and 2013, and the World Twenty20s in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012. His final appointment was as third umpire in the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney.

Hill's new position will focus mainly around managing recruitment and retention processes for amateur umpires, talent identification of potential professional umpires and the coaching of New Zealand's elite umpires.

Hill said he would treasure his time as an umpire. "It has been so special officiating internationally among great players alongside the finest umpires in the world," Hill said. "What a privilege! 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.

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

Vince van der Bijl, the ICC umpires and referees manager, 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."

Rodger McHarg, the NZC national umpiring manager, said Hill's involvement would be helpful in developing upcoming umpires in New Zealand. "Tony's been a highly respected umpire for a number of years and we're incredibly pleased to secure the services of someone with his knowledge and expertise," McHarg said. "The demand for quality umpires in our game is ever increasing and we're dedicated to providing top-level officiating at all levels of the game. We believe Tony will be instrumental in helping us to continue to raise that bar.

"He's been a great example of what can be achieved on the international stage and with his involvement we're confident that we can continue to produce world-class umpires."

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  • BIPUL KUMAR on January 10, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    After David , two umpires were on , but one is switch off now .

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2014, 23:02 GMT

    @Yasi_Gee, Richard Kettleborough would have been voted for by his peers, namely international captains and players and if that is the case, he deserves to be the ICC's Umpire of the Year 2013. Kumar Dharmasena is substantially below his level in his match management and decision-making, which is at least 95% of the role. He has received the award previously and quite plainly didn't deserve it - at no time has he been the best umpire. Aleem Dar has been consistently excellent over a number of years, maybe not quite up to his earlier near-perfect standards but he is highly respected by all concerned. And @bharath74, complete rubbish I'm afraid. That "anybody" wouldn't include yourself under any circumstances.

  • SR on January 9, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    Aleem Dar and Kumar Dharmasena had some howlers in The Ashes in England. KD is terrible. As for Dar, Stevie Wonder would have seen that Broad edge in Trent Bridge, for crying out loud! While the idea of having neutral umpires in tests is admirable, it's also a bit foolish. The Ashes in England would have benefited greatly from having good umpires. I would have much rather had Kettleborough, Reiffel, Gould, Tucker, Oxenford, Llong officiate those tests than the three who did. Also, if neutral umpires are not required for ODIs or T20s, why does it matter that they are there for tests?

  • chandra on January 9, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Could someone explain to me how Richard Kettleborough became the best umpire in 2013? Should have gone to Aleem Dar or Kumara Dharmasena.

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    Does anybody know the role of a Cricket Umpire Coach??

  • Android on January 9, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    congrt....to your next appoint....your services will be remembered for long time in the game good luck .

  • Elmo on January 9, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Congratulations on a successful international career. Wishing you all the best in your new role.

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    alim dar is definately one of the best empires of world cricket. He has won theICC award of best epire atleast 4 times so he is he best best best.

  • bharath74 on January 9, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    anybody can do umpiring if we use drs, hot spot, ....

  • Orang on January 9, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    Of-course Aleem Dar is one of the best umpires in action, the Broad incident in Trent Bridge was a rare though blatant lapse on his part. There are no good Indian umpires, Ravi, who is officiating in the current Sri Lanka vs Pakistan test in Dubai, made a howler yesterday, missing a very obvious edge, he does not inspire any confidence.

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