Reports claim that Simon Taufel has decided to resign as the ICC performance and training manager with effect from October 31st. A spokesperson from the ICC confirming the resignation said that the organization has been looking forward to retain the Australian in an alternate role. However, there are certain negotiations between Simon Taufel and the ICC in this regard.
“ICC can confirm that Simon Taufel has resigned from his job as ICC Umpire performance and Training manager. The council is in touch with Simon over an alternate role in the organization”, a ICC spokesperson said.
Taufel, whose resignation will take effect from October 31st, has been scheduled as an umpire in the three match T20 exhibition tour in USA, promoted by Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne. Simon Taufel along with Steve Davis and Marais Erasmus were appointed as the officials for the three T20 matches to be held in New York, Houston and Los Angeles in the month of November.
Simon Taufel has been awarded with the “Umpire of the Year” award for five consecutive years from 2004 to 2008 for his accuracy in officiating. He has stepped down from the Elite panel of umpires after the T20 World Cup held in Srilanka in 2012 and since then, Taufel has been working on training the umpires around the globe.
Simon has also played an active part in improving the umpiring standards of the Indian umpires by acting as an consultant for the Umpires academy in Nagpur, the Hindu reports.