Australian umpire Bruce Oxenford will formally retire from worldwide cricket in April this yr, the ICC introduced on Wednesday. Member of the ICC Elite Panel, Oxenford has officiated in 179 worldwide cricket matches, together with 62 Assessments, in an umpiring profession that started in January, 2006.
Oxenford officiated on the final three ICC World Cups and the final three ICC T20 World Cups. He was additionally a part of the officiating workforce on the ICC Ladies’s T20 World Cups in 2012 and 2014. Earlier than turning into an umpire, Oxenford represented Queensland in eight first-class matches as a leg-spin bowler and lower-order batsman.
Oxenford’s final worldwide project was the fourth Check between Australia and India in Brisbane.
The 60-year-old will proceed to supervise home fixtures in Australia after his retirement.
“I look again with pleasure at my worldwide profession as an umpire. It’s nonetheless arduous to consider that I officiated in near 200 worldwide matches. Such a protracted profession was not likely one thing that I had hoped for earlier than commencing on this journey.
“I look again with pleasure at my worldwide profession as an umpire.”
Umpire Bruce Oxenford will retire from worldwide cricket after an illustrious profession that spanned over 15 years.
— ICC (@ICC) January 28, 2021
“I wish to thank the Worldwide Cricket Council, Cricket Australia and all my colleagues within the ICC Elite and Worldwide panels for his or her help and encouragement through the years. I had a beautiful time as a match official and can miss the camaraderie that comes with being part of such knowledgeable group. I shall notably miss seeing and interacting with the magnificent people who find themselves a part of the help construction of our sport around the globe,” Oxenford mentioned.
“Most significantly, I wish to thank my spouse Jo, son James and daughter Kristen for all their love and help through the years. It could not have been potential for me to have such a protracted profession with out their sacrifices and for this I’m eternally grateful. While I’ll now not stand in Worldwide matches, I look ahead to persevering with to serve the sport that I really like – officiating inside Australia,” he mentioned.
Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Supervisor – Umpires and Referees, mentioned: “Bruce is a wonderful umpire, and it has been a pleasure working with him through the years. He is a good workforce man and effectively revered by all his colleagues. I congratulate Bruce on behalf of everybody on the ICC for a positive worldwide profession and want him all of the success in his future pursuits. It’s pleasing to listen to he’ll proceed to umpire domestically and share his great expertise with the subsequent era of Elite umpires.”