<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Paul Reiffel excited to be part of ICC's elite panel of umpires" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130626153003.jpg" title="Paul Reiffel excited to be part of ICC's elite panel of umpires" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Paul Reiffel was a fast-bowler for Australia and took up umpiring after retirement © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Melbourne: Jun 26, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Former Australian fast bowler <a href="/tags/Paul-Reiffel/post" target="_blank">Paul Reiffel</a> on Wednesday expressed his excitement on being promoted to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) elite panel of umpires.<br /> <br /> 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."<br /> <br /> The <a href="/tags/ICC/post" target="_blank">ICC</a> announced Reiffel's elevation on Tuesday following several strong seasons as one of the leading umpires in Australia. Reiffel joins fellow Australians <a href="/tags/Rod-Tucker/post" target="_blank">Rod Tucker</a>, Bruce Oxenford and Steve Davis on the panel of 12 umpires.<br /> <br /> "I'd like to thank <a href="/tags/Cricket-Australia/post" target="_blank">Cricket Australia</a> (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.<br /> <br /> 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).