October 6, 2012

Hats off to Taufel

Daryl Harper
He may have wanted to keep his cap on at all times, but the world cricket community is united in doffing its collective headgear to one of the finest umpires of them all
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A basic tenet in cricket is about respecting and agreeing with the umpire's decision. In the case of Simon Taufel, players generally agree with him on almost every occasion. They accept his decisions because a very good percentage of them are correct - and this has been mostly also validated by technology. But that is only part of the reason.

A lot of that respect comes because Simon has a measured and methodical way of dealing with people. He generally ensures that he keeps emotion out of the discussion - not easy to do in the middle of a Test match when something is going on and you are not happy about it. Simon has usually been able to satisfy both sides if there is an incident, and people have been confident in his ability to keep doing that. Personally, I was more emotional in contrast. That is a major difference when it comes to gaining respect from players and coaches. Simon knows when to talk and when to keep quiet.

I remember an incident in a tri-series match in Dambulla in 2003. I disallowed overthrows at one point when Pakistan were batting against Sri Lanka. The throw deflected off the batsman's body and ran away to the boundary. I consulted the Pakistan batting pair of Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar, who agreed with me that it was unfair to benefit from the deflected throw. I did not signal the boundary and the game continued. Simon was not officiating that day, but his glare at the end of the day made me feel like a schoolboy being dealt with by his principal. I told him I had used common sense instead of referring to the laws and copped the blame, agreeing that my initiative was not universally acceptable. I made sure I never used that interpretation again.

Despite being a young guy, Simon has never been afraid to have his say if he thinks something is wrong. He has always had an opinion, and on most occasions it has been reasonable and considered. That is because he has done all his preparation and has usually been on the right track.

Simon leaves nothing to chance, and it is this attitude that has ensured he has been prepared for any eventuality. On the field, when the pressure is on, he usually exudes a calmness that must impress everyone else around, who is generally passionately and emotionally involved in the outcome.

Right from 2003, when he made it to the Elite Panel, which was in its second year then, Simon not only accepted the chance to perform at the higher levels of competition but seized the opportunity to challenge his fellow umpires to match his meticulous preparation and levels of performance. Many umpires, including myself, found his presence somewhat intimidating at first, until we realised it was just his dedication that was making us feel that way.

Simon has always been consumed by all things cricket and was always thinking ahead. Between games, he was studying the Laws, attending nets sessions, and working in the gym on his fitness. In the early days, some of us umpires would joke at the way he wired himself to mentors of all sorts: at one point he had a life coach, a financial manager, an umpiring mentor and a physical mentor. Meanwhile the rest of us were just umpiring cricket. But it was not that Simon was trying to cure some deficiency; instead, it showed his openness to experimenting. He was always going to try something different if it was going to improve his performance.

In Elite Panel seminars, Simon guided discussions with painstaking attention to detail and thorough preparation. His involvement was so complete that I introduced a new word into our umpiring vernacular. Seminars became known as "simonars"

For example, before any match, Simon had his individual training routines revolving around his physical and mental preparation. When he decided that running laps of the ground before a day's play was going to improve his performance, we all begrudgingly felt obliged to follow suit… except possibly the much loved and sadly late David Shepherd. When Simon ceased this practice, we all sighed with relief.

In Elite Panel seminars, Simon guided discussions on laws and playing conditions with painstaking attention to detail and thorough preparation. His involvement was so complete that I introduced a new word into our umpiring vernacular. Seminars became known as "simonars". (This was wholly complimentary, of course.)

During rain-interrupted ODIs, where every other umpire would immediately open the playing-conditions booklet to the appropriate page to begin calculating the numerous possible permutations, Simon would go straight to his calculator and have the vital numbers in an instant. We came to be heavily dependent upon him in moments requiring such calculations. When he wasn't in the team, we had to come up with right answers ourselves and it always seemed to be more stressful.

He was a perfectionist, no doubt, but he accepted his mistakes. Both of us eventually umpired nine Tests together, and I can only recall one Test match, in Nottingham in 2004 between England and New Zealand, when he struggled to come to terms with his own poor performance. A highly complimentary newspaper article, on the third morning of the Test, about the new face of umpiring, was followed by one mentioning more than a handful of errors by Simon on the third and fourth days. It was impossible to speak to him about it because he did not know what was happening. While he looked for a reason for why he was making the errors, there was nothing I could say that would appease him. It was not that he stopped making mistakes after that, but he clearly used the experience to develop strategies to prevent a repetition. It was entirely predictable that Simon would win the ICC Umpire of the Year Award for the first five years of its existence; such was the excellence of his on-field performances.

Simon has always been very particular about his appearance and has ensured that he presents himself perfectly, with a glance in the mirror before returning to the field after a break in play. He wasn't happy when he began to lose his hair at the crown, and less so when I began to continually harass him about it. He was reluctant to remove his hat on the field and he almost always wore a baseball-style cap off the field to hide the march of time.

To an outside observer, it often seemed that Simon was so clinical and concise in his decision-making as to be almost robotic, lacking humour or personality. However, after several years on the Elite Panel, his colleagues began to observe that he had begun to develop both qualities in varying degrees.

Off the field Simon, though a very private person, has not been afraid to try out new things. He certainly didn't have any trouble eating local foods all around the world. I cannot say the same for myself. He can eat a horse - and possibly did at some point in his travels.

Umpiring is a very lonely job, but Simon made it popular. The fact that he did not have any obvious flaws in his performance was very attractive. He certainly set an example for everyone to follow.

Daryl Harper is a former Elite Panel umpire who stood in 95 Tests

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  • on October 9, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    He is surely the greatest living umpire because even highly rated umpires like Dicky Bird did not have this constant scrutiny that is possible with technology. Nor are you constantly being checked out by DRS. When I was a kid, the expression "Australian umpire" was one of scorn and ridicule. Not any longer thanks to the likes of Simon. I am amazed that there is so much preparation that goes into umpiring as another umpire has just told us. Bye Simon we will miss you and I guess the game will be poorer because of his absence. I am sure he has a lot to offer the game and its development by continuing to associate with the ICC> Ramanujam Sridhar

  • khanhowzdat on October 9, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    thank u mr taufel all da best good luk will b misd

  • Samar_Singh on October 8, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Simon Taufel is undoubtedly the best Umpire to take the field.. A grand solute to him .. Hope he will return back soon.. He is too young to retire so early.. We miss him.. Good luck for your future Mr Perfectionist Taufel.

  • Meety on October 8, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    Hopefully Taufel's new role will improve umpiring standards further!

  • on October 7, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    DEDICATION FROM A GREAT UMPIRE !!!!!!

  • on October 7, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Simon is a great umpire, always calm under pressure and never giving way to gamesmanship of certain teams. He was never baised towards ICC controling teams like India or England, but was fair in his decissions. I wish him all the best for his future endeavour.

  • on October 7, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Best fair umpire in the world , we miss you lot in crickt . but I wish you have a best of retirement ..thanks...

  • farhan.janjuah on October 7, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Simon you have couple of years left in your carreer..You can continue..I surely will miss you.......Best of wishes.....

  • on October 7, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    I pay tribute to the man who really has put in best efforts for this wonderful game of cricket.Over the years he has done great great job but i still wonder why he is retiring.HATS OF FOR SIMON TAUFEL.LOADS & LOADS OF LOVE FROM THE PEOPLE OF PAKITAN. LONG LIVE.

  • CricketLifer on October 7, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Highly consistent over the years. Good luck in your post umpiring phase of life. It was good though that West Indies won today. Imagine if they had lost narrowly and the two wrong LBW outs given by Mr. Trufel were seen as the the difference. It would have been sad ending on otherwise brilliant career. He must have cheered for WI after that!

  • on October 9, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    He is surely the greatest living umpire because even highly rated umpires like Dicky Bird did not have this constant scrutiny that is possible with technology. Nor are you constantly being checked out by DRS. When I was a kid, the expression "Australian umpire" was one of scorn and ridicule. Not any longer thanks to the likes of Simon. I am amazed that there is so much preparation that goes into umpiring as another umpire has just told us. Bye Simon we will miss you and I guess the game will be poorer because of his absence. I am sure he has a lot to offer the game and its development by continuing to associate with the ICC> Ramanujam Sridhar

  • khanhowzdat on October 9, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    thank u mr taufel all da best good luk will b misd

  • Samar_Singh on October 8, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Simon Taufel is undoubtedly the best Umpire to take the field.. A grand solute to him .. Hope he will return back soon.. He is too young to retire so early.. We miss him.. Good luck for your future Mr Perfectionist Taufel.

  • Meety on October 8, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    Hopefully Taufel's new role will improve umpiring standards further!

  • on October 7, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    DEDICATION FROM A GREAT UMPIRE !!!!!!

  • on October 7, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Simon is a great umpire, always calm under pressure and never giving way to gamesmanship of certain teams. He was never baised towards ICC controling teams like India or England, but was fair in his decissions. I wish him all the best for his future endeavour.

  • on October 7, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Best fair umpire in the world , we miss you lot in crickt . but I wish you have a best of retirement ..thanks...

  • farhan.janjuah on October 7, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Simon you have couple of years left in your carreer..You can continue..I surely will miss you.......Best of wishes.....

  • on October 7, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    I pay tribute to the man who really has put in best efforts for this wonderful game of cricket.Over the years he has done great great job but i still wonder why he is retiring.HATS OF FOR SIMON TAUFEL.LOADS & LOADS OF LOVE FROM THE PEOPLE OF PAKITAN. LONG LIVE.

  • CricketLifer on October 7, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Highly consistent over the years. Good luck in your post umpiring phase of life. It was good though that West Indies won today. Imagine if they had lost narrowly and the two wrong LBW outs given by Mr. Trufel were seen as the the difference. It would have been sad ending on otherwise brilliant career. He must have cheered for WI after that!

  • on October 7, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    He truely was a stern,meticulous,fair,unbiased,unflappable umpire,he left his mark on the game of cricket.

  • cbjayram81 on October 7, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    its really upsets me why ICC had no post match chat with Simon Taufel. We should have given some respect for this Great Man

  • on October 7, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Just Simple want to say Simon Taufel we Miss u too much. Pakistan

  • on October 7, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    We miss you in the cricket field and we miss your true judgements....

  • PakCric786 on October 7, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Great umpire Taufel I wish him all the best for future and i hope to see him get back to umpiring again.

  • AnotherCricketFan on October 7, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Sorry I have to bring it ON. But in his FINAL match, TWO of his THREE (66.6%) of his leg before calls were howlers. Totally wrong. Especially the Bravo decision.

    I understand this is a place to praise him but some of the praises as if he is superhuman is OVER THE TOP .. He is a good umpire (unlike Rana of Pakistan), but that is what is all about Elite Panel (despite Harper)

  • on October 7, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    One of the most admired umpires for the excellent decisions he handed out. We will surely miss him in the middle. May Simon have a long and happy future.

  • ajeeshferdin10 on October 7, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    when I watch a match with Simon umpiring I would always feel secure about my team this is what Simon made to ordinary Cricket fans like us...good luck Simon..

  • adson80 on October 7, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    simon did a very great job. he was trust and confidence on the players and in my opinion his the best umpire ever. Hats of to you Simon

  • on October 7, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    one of the best umpires i saw. Thank You Simon you will be missed

  • on October 7, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    A sad loss for the elite panel. Clearly the best in the world, your service to the sport will be greatly missed.

  • skumar77 on October 7, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Simon Taufel is my most likable Australian and that is saying a lot :)

    We have got used to seeing Simon officiating in the games and amidst the performances on the field by the players, we forget the performances of these brave guys.

    I wish Simon all the best.

  • on October 7, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    THE SACHIN TENDULKAR OF UMPIRING!!!!! WAY TO GO SIMON!!!

  • AB99 on October 7, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Simon Taufel is the best cricket umpire after Bird and Shepard. The game needs him. Why is he taking premature retirement?? He shd relook at his decision - maybe officiate only Test matches and ICC world cups and champions trophy as he needs to pass his rich knowledge to his peers who are almost in his age group.

  • Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on October 7, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    You are/were a "SUPER ROLE MODEL" - the "EPITOME of PROFESSIONALISM" conducting matches with such APLOMB. I admire the way you officiated matches with such ACCURACY, CLARITY, FRIENDLY MANNERs as well as AUTHORITY. Cricket world/lovers/fans wonder if there would ever be another SIMON TAUFEL - so SKILLED and RESPECTED. Others are still "PLAYING CATCH UP" ! Respect and Thank you Mr. Taufel for your contribution to the "JOYS of CRICKET" and "BEST WISHES in your NEXT INNING" !!!! Jawed Saleem/Karachi

  • on October 7, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Well done Simon. Probably one of the best umpires the game has ever seen. Certainly a far better umpire than the writer himself =P a truly well respected individual and a great ambassador for the game. I wish you all the best for the future mate!

  • on October 7, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Thank you very much for your devotion and the excellent job done on the field Mr Taufel. I always watched matches with great confidence whenever you were in control. Definitely you have left a hard to fill void in the game and a very long list of adoring fans world over. May you succeed even bigger, better and brighter in your new role Mr Champion. All the best wishes from me.

  • Edassery on October 7, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    He was a great umpire to watch - Even at the fifth day of a tiring test match, he would be calm, smiling and exuded reassurance that the decisions would be impartial, fair and to the best of man and technology could arrive at.

    The last two years of his career wasn't probably the best in terms of the percentage of errors. But he was still better than the most.

    Wishing you all the best Simon in your new role, you truly did your job and withdrew at the right time. And nice writeup with a personal touch from Harper.

  • Surajdon9 on October 7, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Cricket will miss you grate taufel.all the best for your rest of the life....

  • ratven on October 6, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Hats of to you Simon.In true Aussies tradition you have bowed out when everybody ask why now. i dont think we will see a better umpire . You are Bradmon of umpires and have set very high standard. request you to involve and train good umpires

    Goodluck Venkat Mumbai

  • on October 6, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    My heartfelt tanks to Mr. Taufel for his devotion to the game. As a Sri Lanka fan I want to wish his all the best...

  • rket on October 6, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    Smiley Simon, Great Job and great commitment. I salute you sir. We're going to miss you. Hopefully we will see you as international referee or ICC administrator. Wish you all the success the rest of the life. By the way, I am an Indian cricket fan.

  • on October 6, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Mr. Simon Taufel , am the one of the fans of u and your umpiring. really your are a different kind of the person in the cricket fields and keep it your smiling always. hates off to you. GBU.

  • on October 6, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    From the whole of India, All the very best Mr.Legendary Sir Taufel..Respect...

  • anotheridiot on October 6, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Sir, take a bow !!! Respect.

  • ayub.ans on October 6, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Will Simon set the precedent for early retirement for a profession which has historically been dominated by 50+ aged uncles???

  • SLfan on October 6, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Mr. Simon 'Perfect' Taufel....You will not be remembered as just another umpire of cricket history, rather you will be remembered as the most respected, humble, handsome and the most reliable umpire that the cricket fans have ever witnessed ! Lot of respect for this wonderful gentleman ! from a Sri Lankan cricket fan.

  • Scrop on October 6, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Truly a great umpire. Hats off Mr. Taufel.

    Hope you train more similar umpires.

  • on October 6, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Cricket will miss you SImon, I have been following cricket for 30 years, I can say with guarantee you are the best umpire I have seen, who understood and implemented the rules better than anyone. No umpire before you dared to give LBW to spinners when batsman is in the front foot....Best wishes for rest of your life.

  • on October 6, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    THE BEST BY' EVERY TEST' CRICKET FIELDS MIGHT MISS HIS MAGICAL AND MAJESTIC PRESENCE BUT THE WHOLE UMPIRING FRATERNITY WILL DEFINITELY BENEFIT BY HIS NEW ROLE AS ICC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER SIMON WISH YOU ALL THE BEST

  • on October 6, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Hats off to Taufel Hats off to Taufel Hats off to Taufel Hats off to Taufel Hats off to Taufel Hats off to Taufel Hats off to Taufel Hats off to Taufel

  • sukku88 on October 6, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    A good umpire who lead by example.. Hats off to you sir.. All the best for your future endevours...

  • NP_NY on October 6, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    As far as umpring goes, he is darn near perfect at being a perfectionist. Respect to you sir, from India.

  • Divinetouch on October 6, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Thanks Simon for being an excellent ambassador of the loveliest game - cricket and best wishes in whatever u do in the future especially enjoying time with your family.

    I remember the days when international players opined there was nothing like a good umpire in or from Australia. I am glad u reversed that feeling.

    Good on ya.

  • Srikee1987 on October 6, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    We miss the "Best Umpire" Taufel....... I hope he should carry on for another few of years.. So that he would be remembered as the umpire who stood for over 100 tests , 200 ODIs... as he has stood in 74 Tests and 174 ODIs.

  • on October 6, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    the best umpire ever who needs the drs when you have great umpires like mr taufel

  • on October 6, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    The best ever umpire after Late David Shepherd and Dickie bird....atleast last year his will to officiate in a Wc final match was fulfilled. with DRS becoming the new obession with every one, i still believe this guy is way about DRS or any other system...fantastic guy and appreciated and respected by players of every test playing nations. we as a spectator respected him alot and continue to respect him, when dravids, laxmans, inzy's, laras were still playing, considering he is younger to most of the just retired cricketing legends, it was fasinating to see the starlwarts respecting his most of the time correct decesion and walk away...hats off indeed simon...game will miss you alot, you still had atleast 15 more years in Test cricket...long live the umpriing legend!

  • on October 6, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Wish he wasn't retiring.one of the best umpires to officiate a cricket match.will sorely miss him.

  • criclanka on October 6, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Simon is the best when comparing a fellow Aussie umpire like Ross Emerson.Good luck to you future endavours.

  • sharidas on October 6, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Without belittling any of the other umpires, one always felt that extra bit of confidence seeing Simon as the Umpire. Considering his young age, I wish he had continued for some more time.

  • on October 6, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    I'm a budding umpire who is taking the baby-steps into this role (have appeared for the level 1 exams at the KSCA). The learning of Simon Taufel's meticulousness will stand me in good stead. He has set such a good example for others to follow. Thanks so much! And, wish him all the best in his future career as an ICC development manager.

  • A_HTIMAN on October 6, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    One of the greatest umpires i've seen. Cricket will mis him for a long time :)

  • on October 6, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Simon is class,he is a towering inferno.This is the class humans must exhibit. Within the embodiment of flesh and blood dwels the light of truth,allow the sacred flame to glow.

  • on October 6, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    "simply the best". no need to say anything else.

  • bipulkumar on October 6, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    It's a shame that Simon is retiring so early. World may not ever see such perfect umpire again. He has been extraordinary to say the least. Hats off to you.

  • on October 6, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    good job sir...but i still remember your mistake when u gave umar akmal lbw out against NZ

  • on October 6, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    thanx for your contributions to the game...love

  • on October 6, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    We miss u Mr.Taufel..

  • u.t.k.a.l on October 6, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    The Best Umpire world has witnessed so far..... love U Simon. Will miss U :( we all indians wishing u a great happy, healthy & prosperous life ahead:)

  • on October 6, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Simple words Hats Off... is not sufficient..

  • SudeepSharma_Nepal on October 6, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Simon Taufel is a class act. Hats off to him. Wish to see him involved and contribute to cricket in some ways.

  • Paracha420 on October 6, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Simon Taufel greatest umpire in the history of cricket alongside Dicky Bird Steve Buckner Rudi KOertzon Aleem Dar DAviShephord but taufel had some thing special never take pressure if it's out it's out if it's not it's not no need of a DRS so calm on the crease sir hat's off for u we will miss u...best of luck u have given new dimension to the world of umpiring....

  • dil333 on October 6, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    I actaully can't remember Taufel ever getting a decision wrong, and I can't say that for most umpires, which is ridiculous in itself seeing how difficult it is. There was always something with Taufel for me; even now when I watch the T20 WTC when theres an lbw and I see the camera turn to Taufel I'm reassured because I know he won't do wrong.

  • on October 6, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    best umpire ever,, we gonna miss him :( but im glad kumar taking over his role

  • analyseabhishek on October 6, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    A wonderful portrait of a wonderful umpire- the fact that it is written by someone quite good but perhaps lacking in those man management skills brings more perspective into this article!

  • withwateen on October 6, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Yes Hatts Off to the Jack Hobbs of the cricket umpiring, sir Simon James Arnold Taufel. Hobbs was the master of wet tracks so as Simon is equally phenomenal master of the cricket umpiring.

  • on October 6, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Well played Sir, thanks all given the game.

  • shrikm on October 6, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Its hard to digest the fact that Simon will no longer be umpiring, what an umpire! I was always amused by his lbw decisions after watching the hawk eye that he was so correct. Hats off to him for being so correct. Cricket will miss you sir. All the very best to you.

  • kensohatter on October 6, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Whilst at the Bradman Muesum in Australia I stumbled across an interview with Simon Taufel. During this interview we got many insights into what it is the be an umpire (much like this article) but one thing Taufel pointed out during that interview always stuck with me. When a batsman is on strike every ground around the world will charge the site screen from whatever advertising is being displayed to a plain white backdrop so that the batsman can track the ball yet an umpire must track a moving ball (after not seeing it leave the hand and after first checking the front foot no ball) and they must track this red ball amongst sometimes red advertising panelling and be expected to get LBW or bat pad decisions correct... Seems unfair. Well done Simon Taufel I dont know that ive ever had a favourite umpire but from all ive heard you are the most respected.

  • on October 6, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Great Ambassador for Cricket!! Should be a Role Model for Future Umpires!! Salute & Thanks You.....

  • on October 6, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    THIS IS A PERFECT BIO-DATA .. RATHER A BIOGRAPHY OF ANOTHER PERFECT INTERNATIONAL UMPIRE .. SIMON TAUFEL ! ONE NEVER KNEW ABOUT SO MANY PERSONAL DETAILS ABOUT HIM .. HOW FITNESS FANATIC THAT HE IS .. HOW METHODICAL THAT HE IS !! IN THE RECENT T20 MATCH IN SRI LANKA, THE PAKISTANI BATSMAN, UNDER THE SILLY EXCUSE OF CHANGING THE GLOVES, HELMET, ETC, THEREBY UPSETTING THE RHYTHM OF THE OPPOSING BOWLER ! SIMON CAN & NEVER WILL TOLERATE SUCH A NON-SENSE FROM A PLAYER IN THE HEAT OF THE GAME .. HE STERNLY WANRNED HIM NOT TO WASTE TIME .. A RARE SPECIE INDEED AMONGST THE NECESSARY DEVILS WITH THE WHITE COAT & HAT ! HIS SKILLS SHOULD BE SHOW-CASED FOR THE POSTERITY OF THE UMPIRES & REFERREES .. THIS SNAP WITH THE BACKGROUND OF THE TAJ IS QUITE APPROPRIATE .. BOTH NEED TO BE PRESERVED AS MONUMENTS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS !!

  • on October 6, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Nice article Mr.Harper :)) Not only the players, even we, the viewers are very much convinced about the decisions given by Mr.Taufel. Kudos for bringing out an article on such a brilliant umpire.

  • on October 6, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Simon Taufel is the best umpire of all time. Better than even the late David Shepard. Well done Simon!!!!!! Its still hartening to know that you will still be involved with the ICC

  • Aziz_Hassan_Sangra on October 6, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Thanks Mr. Harper for writing on my favorite Umpire. The first time I started recognizing the Umpires and kept on remembering their names, He is my favorite. Even sometimes his decision wasnt in fever of my Team but still I found myself satisfied by saying "If its by Mr. Taufel, then for sure he is right"

  • InnocentGuy on October 6, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Nice article.Simon and Aleem are the best in business.

  • India_calling on October 6, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Hats off to to my favourite umpire....hardly noticed any wrong decision by him...will surely miss his dedication towards the game....have a great life outside field....heartiest wishes to u....-:)

  • Percy_Fender on October 6, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    I fully agree with Daryl Harper's view that Simon Taufel will be missed when he stops standing in cricket tournaments very soon. He was what an umpire is expected to be. Honest and quite obviously, honest in everything that he did in the name of cricket. Though he did make a few mistakes no one really talked about them because thy knew that was the human side of this great cricket personlity. He also betrayed a touch of kindness in dealing with appeals against debutants in Tests or ODIs. like how the venerated Harold" Dickie" Bird used to be. And like Dickie,Simon too had a sense of occasion. If he were to give a great batsman out lbw first ball in an anniversary match even if he was indeed so, it was simply not cricket ! Simon Taufel came into umpiring when the men in white coats were being accused of bias and dishonesty. He brought back the respect and dignity so much associated with cricket. I wish him the very best as an administrator in the ICC .

  • reeja on October 6, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    simon taufel was excellent umpire... thank you for his compassionate and nice feelings about pakistan after lahore attack. we love him so much and best of luck in future.

  • passionatecricbug on October 6, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Bid adieu,to the greatest umpire of cricketing history. Sir you will be missed. Best of luck for your next assignment. Ironically, this column is written by one of the worst umpires of cricketing history, who brought shame to cricket by his partisan umpiring.

  • sifter132 on October 6, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Good stuff Daryl! Thanks for writing. Always appropriate to acknowledge the GOOD things about umpires.

  • on October 6, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    A great umpire , popular and respected as same as Harold Dennis Bird, inspiring character in and off filed , hats off Simon Taufel

  • Nortex on October 6, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    A very nice tribute Daryl. I am sure it means a lot more coming from a colleague of Simon. When I heard of his decision to retire, I thought to myself that he is only 41. Some umpires start their professional career after turning 50. There are some over 60 on the current panel. So Simon could've easily continued umpiring for another 20 years.

    Those of us who started following cricket in the 80's would remember Dickie Bird as the benchmark umpire of the era and some to this day, rate him very high. I think Taufel is 10 times better umpire than Bird. I have seen some old footage of Dickie and though he had great skills in man-management and controlling of the game, he was at best a little above average umpire when it came to decision-making. He definitely had good repertoire with the players.

    I would rate Simon Taufel as the best umpire in decision-making, man-management and controlling the game that this sport has ever seen. Cricket fans will miss his presence on the field.

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  • Nortex on October 6, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    A very nice tribute Daryl. I am sure it means a lot more coming from a colleague of Simon. When I heard of his decision to retire, I thought to myself that he is only 41. Some umpires start their professional career after turning 50. There are some over 60 on the current panel. So Simon could've easily continued umpiring for another 20 years.

    Those of us who started following cricket in the 80's would remember Dickie Bird as the benchmark umpire of the era and some to this day, rate him very high. I think Taufel is 10 times better umpire than Bird. I have seen some old footage of Dickie and though he had great skills in man-management and controlling of the game, he was at best a little above average umpire when it came to decision-making. He definitely had good repertoire with the players.

    I would rate Simon Taufel as the best umpire in decision-making, man-management and controlling the game that this sport has ever seen. Cricket fans will miss his presence on the field.

  • on October 6, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    A great umpire , popular and respected as same as Harold Dennis Bird, inspiring character in and off filed , hats off Simon Taufel

  • sifter132 on October 6, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Good stuff Daryl! Thanks for writing. Always appropriate to acknowledge the GOOD things about umpires.

  • passionatecricbug on October 6, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Bid adieu,to the greatest umpire of cricketing history. Sir you will be missed. Best of luck for your next assignment. Ironically, this column is written by one of the worst umpires of cricketing history, who brought shame to cricket by his partisan umpiring.

  • reeja on October 6, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    simon taufel was excellent umpire... thank you for his compassionate and nice feelings about pakistan after lahore attack. we love him so much and best of luck in future.

  • Percy_Fender on October 6, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    I fully agree with Daryl Harper's view that Simon Taufel will be missed when he stops standing in cricket tournaments very soon. He was what an umpire is expected to be. Honest and quite obviously, honest in everything that he did in the name of cricket. Though he did make a few mistakes no one really talked about them because thy knew that was the human side of this great cricket personlity. He also betrayed a touch of kindness in dealing with appeals against debutants in Tests or ODIs. like how the venerated Harold" Dickie" Bird used to be. And like Dickie,Simon too had a sense of occasion. If he were to give a great batsman out lbw first ball in an anniversary match even if he was indeed so, it was simply not cricket ! Simon Taufel came into umpiring when the men in white coats were being accused of bias and dishonesty. He brought back the respect and dignity so much associated with cricket. I wish him the very best as an administrator in the ICC .

  • India_calling on October 6, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Hats off to to my favourite umpire....hardly noticed any wrong decision by him...will surely miss his dedication towards the game....have a great life outside field....heartiest wishes to u....-:)

  • InnocentGuy on October 6, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Nice article.Simon and Aleem are the best in business.

  • Aziz_Hassan_Sangra on October 6, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Thanks Mr. Harper for writing on my favorite Umpire. The first time I started recognizing the Umpires and kept on remembering their names, He is my favorite. Even sometimes his decision wasnt in fever of my Team but still I found myself satisfied by saying "If its by Mr. Taufel, then for sure he is right"

  • on October 6, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Simon Taufel is the best umpire of all time. Better than even the late David Shepard. Well done Simon!!!!!! Its still hartening to know that you will still be involved with the ICC