Paul Reiffel excited to be part of ICC's elite panel of umpires

Paul Reiffel was a fast-bowler for Australia and took up umpiring after retirement © Getty Images

Melbourne: Jun 26, 2013
Former Australian fast bowler Paul Reiffel on Wednesday expressed his excitement on being promoted to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) elite panel of umpires.

Speaking about his promotion, Reiffel said: “When I first started umpiring after retiring from First-Class cricket, my aim was to reach the highest level of international umpiring. It always seemed a long way off. So, it’s very rewarding and exciting to achieve the goal I set myself when I first started umpiring.”

The ICC announced Reiffel’s elevation on Tuesday following several strong seasons as one of the leading umpires in Australia. Reiffel joins fellow Australians Rod Tucker, Bruce Oxenford and Steve Davis on the panel of 12 umpires.

“I’d like to thank Cricket Australia (CA) for their support throughout my umpiring career. The umpiring system and pathway in Australia is very good, which is evidenced by the quality of Australian umpires,” the 47-year-old, who has officiated in four Tests, 30 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and nine Twenty20 Internationals, added.

The other eight elite panel umpires are: Aleem Dar (Pakistan), Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), Marais Erasmus (South Africa), Ian Gould (England), Tony Hill (New Zealand), Richard Illingworth (England), Richard Kettleborough (England), Nigel Llong (England).