By ICC Media Release
Simon Taufel was tonight named as Umpire of the Year for the fifth successive year at the ICC Awards in Dubai.
Taufel, who is 37 and from Australia, was voted to this award by the 10 Full Member captains as well as the eight-man Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Referees.
Receiving the award, Taufel said: “I’m delighted to win this award but I don’t set this as a goal at the start of a season. My goals are to be selected for finals and for major championships like the Champions Trophy or World Twenty20. If Ricky and the boys slip up eventually I might get the chance to do a final.
“Umpiring is essentially a mental exercise. For me it’s about being mentally fit and keeping at the top of my game.”
Taufel was presented the award by ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat who said it was “remarkable” that Taufel had won the award for the fifth year in a row.
Taufel beat off strong competition for this award from his colleagues on the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires Mark Benson, Rudi Koertzen, Steve Davis and Aleem Dar.
Taufel, who made his first-class debut as an umpire in 1994-95, joined the Emirates Elite Panel in 2003. In the voting period of these awards Taufel stood in 10 Tests and 16 ODIs, as well as the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa, where he was an on-field umpire in the thrilling India v Pakistan final along with Benson.
The Umpire of the Year was one of 11 individual and team honours handed out during the ICC Awards, presented in association with FICA (the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations).
The LG ICC Awards 2008 are based on the 12 months between 9 August 2007 and 12 August 2008. The LG ICC Awards ceremony is now in its fifth year and this is the first time it has been staged in Dubai, the home of the International Cricket Council. Previous ceremonies were held in London (2004), Sydney (2005), Mumbai (2006) and Johannesburg (2007).