Simon Taufel Feels India-Pakistan Matches Came With Added Scrutiny And Expectations

Simon Taufel

Simon Taufel is one of the most eminent umpires of recent times. Following his retirement, the five-time ICC Umpire of the year planned an online accreditation course for umpires to help them train and foster new abilities. 

Addressing Cricket Pakistan in an exclusive interview Taufel uncovered that there are three degrees of certification: basic, Level 1, and Level 2. He further expressed that the course rotates around match preparation, conflict resolution, technique, and managing the game. 

Course Only About Learning Rather Than Passing Or Failing: Simon Taufel

Simon Taufel (Image Credits: Twitter)
Simon Taufel (Image Credits: Twitter)

“The aim is to equip people with the insights and the tools to be able to benchmark their skills against best practice and since it is an online course, people can do it at their own pace.

You can retake the course because it is not about pass or fail but a case of becoming a better umpire and enjoying their craft,” said the 51-year-old. 

Taufel likewise expressed that the course is available to new and existing umpires while the latter don’t need to go through the basic level but can go through Level-1 and Level-2 to additional improve their abilities. 

Simon Taufel Misses Excitement Of International Cricket

The Australian-born pulled back from international cricket back in 2012 however said that he misses the tam work and comradery. 

Simon Taufel
Simon Taufel. Image-ICC

“I miss being part of the excitement of international cricket but I don’t miss the travel and time away from family,” he said. 

“I certainly don’t miss the scrutiny,” he added with a smirk on his face. “It is now time to help the new generation and I am loving every bit of that.” 

India Vs Pakistan Matches Most Difficult To Officiate: Simon Taufel

The 51-year-old uncovered that after Test cricket, India-Pakistan matches were the hardest to administer in. 

“The India-Pakistan clashes came with added scrutiny and expectations because the game is being analysed by all the armchair experts,” he revealed. 

Reviewing Pakistan’s renowned series against India in 2004, Taufel said that you really couldn’t help but be diverted because of the size of the conflict. 

Simon Taufel Officiating in IND vs PAK match (Image Credits: Twitter)
Simon Taufel Officiating in IND vs PAK match (Image Credits: Twitter)

“You had people with machine guns guarding you and presidential-level security was assigned to the teams. You have to remain grounded as I tried my level-best to focus on the task ahead and take things one ball at a time,” Simon stated. 

During the meeting, Taufel likewise uncovered that measurably umpires get in excess of 93% of their choice right while players with DRS requests barely have a 25 percent achievement rate. 

“This shows statistically who the better umpires are but that shouldn’t stop players from wanting to become an umpire,” he added. 

Simon Taufel Concerned About Future Of Pakistani Umpires

Sharing his experience of umpiring in Pakistan, Simon said that he completely appreciated it. 

“Having been back in PSL a couple of years ago after that terrible 2009 incident, I enjoyed going back to Karachi again.” 

Sharing his contemplations on Pakistani umpires, Taufel commended Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza yet in addition stayed careful regarding where the future Pakistani umpires will come from. 

Simon Taufel and Aleem Dar (Image Credits: Twitter)
Simon Taufel and Aleem Dar (Image Credits: Twitter)

“I know Ahsan Raza for a long while and he is a fantastic and a competent umpire. Aleem Dar, as well all know, is a record-holder and they are both fantastic. However, the concern now is to see where the future Pakistani umpires are going to come from,” Taufel expressed his opinion. 

Reflecting upon the recent death of Andrew Symonds, Taufel said that he recalled probably the funniest things he saw on a cricket field. 

“A fan decided to invade the ground and he [Symonds] was on the non-striker end. Once the invader reached the pitch, Symonds decided to drop his shoulder to tackle him which knocked him out. That was probably one of the funniest incidents I have seen,” he concluded. 

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India vs Pakistan: Ramiz Raja To Propose Quadirlateral T20I Series To Revive India-Pakistan Rivalry

Ramiz Raja

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja is set to propose a quadrilateral T20I series involving India, Pakistan, England and Australia, in a bid to save the India-Pakistan rivalry. India and Pakistan play in only ICC events in recent times and Raja is trying to ensure that both teams play each other more often.

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As per reports in Code Sports Australia, the four-nation tournament will be played in T20I format with Ramiz Raja set to take up the agenda in the next ICC meeting.

Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, India, Pakistan, India vs Pakistan
Babar Azam and Virat Kohli. Credits: Twitter

Australia are set to visit Pakistan for three Tests, three one day internationals and one T20 international starting in early March. This is their first visit to Pakistan since 1998 and Raja is looking forward to discussing the issue in the ICC meeting.

Pakistan, Australia, England and India played against each other for the first time in 1985 in the Rothman’s Four-Nation Cup in Sharjah in 1985. Later they played again in Sharjah Cup in 1987 with Pakistan beating India in the final.

As time went on, Australia, Pakistan and India played against each other regularly throughout the 90s in Sharjah in the Singer World Series, Coca Cola Cup, Akai-Singer Champions Trophy and the Carlton & United Series.

Pakistan recently beat India in the ICC T20 World Cup in Dubai which sparked debates of the resumption of the bilateral series. However, the Indian government is strict on not allowing the Indian team to play against Pakistan in any format at the moment.

Ramiz Raja Adamant On Resuming India-Pakistan Rivalry

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja
Photo Credit: (AFP)

Ramiz Raja in September last year said that the resumption of the Indo-Pak rivalry is “impossible right now” with the political tensions between both countries. However, he has been actively working behind the scenes behind resuming the greatest rivalry and the idea of the quadrilateral T20I series is another example of the same.

“Impossible right now…” Raja said when asked about the resumption of series between the two neighbouring countries. “…because the sporting model has been spoiled by politics and right now it is a status quo and we are not in a hurry on this issue because we have to focus on our domestic and local cricket,” he had said.

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Shahid Afridi Called Me Before The India Game: Shaheen Afridi Recalls The Former’s Special Advice Ahead Of India vs Pakistan

Shaheen and Shahid Afridi. Photo- Twitter

Shaheen Afridi, the hero of Pakistan’s first-ever victory over archrivals India in a World Cup match, has said that his to-be father-in-law and former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is his hero and that he wanted to wear his no.10 shirt for Pakistan.

Left-arm pacer Afridi wreaked havoc with his swing and pace against India in their opening match of the T20 World Cup 2021, as he removed openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma for single-digit scores, before coming back and picking the uber-important wicket of Virat Kohli, who top-scored with a half-century.

This setup a brilliant 10-wicket win for the Men in Green after openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan chased down the paltry 152-run target without breaking a sweat, handing India their first loss by 10 wickets in the T20I format. Shaheen Afridi was named the Player of the Match.

Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi
Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi. Credits: Twitter

‘Shahid Afridi Is My Hero… I Wanted To Wear His No 10 Shirt For Pakistan’: Shaheen Afridi

Shaheen Afridi is set to marry Shahid Afridi’s eldest daughter Aqsa and the tall pacer is in awe of his famous to-be father-in-law. Shaheen’s starship celebration after he takes a wicket imitates his hero; he has even copied Shahid’s shirt number.

“I have the number 10 because of Shahid Afridi, because he’s my hero. I requested to the PCB I want the number 10 shirt if possible. “It’s an honour for me to wear this shirt. Every time in the ground, the people were chanting Afridi, Afridi. And now people chant Afridi, Afridi for me. So it’s a great feeling,” Shaheen was quoted by telegraph.co.uk.

Shaheen Afridi, Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi’s daughter will marry Shaheen Afridi. Image-Twitter

During the World Cup, Shaheen has regularly talked to his future father-in-law about the game.

He said: “Shahid Afridi called me before the India game and he said just enjoy your cricket the way you play, go and focus on whatever you’re doing.”

Pakistan has made it into the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup where they will face Australia in Dubai on November 11, 2021. Shaheen is excited about the match-up and mentioned that his father expects nothing less than a win from his son.

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Every time my father says to me ‘Shaheen take four, five wickets’. He called me before the India match and he said, son, go play your best cricket. I said, Inshallah I will try my best. He said, ‘it’s time to become a hero because it’s against India’ and Pakistan have never won a World Cup match [against India]. So it was really good because my family wants me to perform,” Shaheen said.

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