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Taufel becomes youngest to umpire in 100 ODIs

india Updated: Jan 12, 2007 20:53 IST

Simon Taufel became the youngest umpire and ninth overall to stand in 100 one-day internationals when he officiated in the Australia-England clash in Melbourne on Friday.

That Taufel has achieved the mark at a young age of 35 is testament to his ability as an official, something recognised by his being named as Umpire of the Year for three successive years at the ICC Awards.

Taufel receives a crystal plaque to mark his achievement to overtake Billy Bowden as the youngest umpire to stand in 100 ODIs.

The 43-year-old Bowden held the mark only for three days, following New Zealand's rain-ruined match with Sri Lanka in Hamilton on Tuesday.

"Reaching this landmark is nice but I am not involved for the numbers; that is for someone else to count, although it is nice to receive recognition," said Taufel.

Perhaps the biggest honour to have eluded Taufel has been the chance to stand in an ICC Cricket World Cup final. Is that the next goal on the horizon with the tournament less than two months away?

"I know that if Australia makes it through to the final again then I cannot umpire and if I end my career without standing in a Cricket World Cup final then so be it," he said.

It is also shows how fate and fortune can play a part in life as he started umpiring almost by accident.

"I only got involved at first because a mate wanted some company at an umpiring course," said Taufel.

"After the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2003, (when) I was offered a place on the Emirates Elite Panel and that was the final stage for me (to take the job as career option)," Taufel said.

Most ODIs appearances by umpires:

David Shepherd 172

Rudi Koertzen 158

Steve Bucknor 151

Daryl Harper 127

Darrell Hair 124

David Orchard 107

Steve Dunne 100