Simon Taufel announces retirement plans

Australian Simon Taufel will retire from umpiring after the World Twenty20, calling time on a 14-year career.

Umpire Simon Taufel has announced that he will retire from the ICC's elite panel following the World Twenty20.

The Australian was the winner of the Umpire of the Year award on five successive occasions from 2004 to 2008 and is widely regarded as one of the best officials in international cricket.

Taufel said: "Following the ICC World Twenty20, I'm moving on from active international umpiring for personal and professional reasons.

"My wife and children have supported me immensely throughout my career and it is time for me to spend more time with them."

The 41-year-old retires after officiating 74 Test matches and 174 one-day internationals in 14 years.

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