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    Real culprit of world cricket farce....

    There is infact a quite clear pattern emerging from the last couple of major crises in world cricket. The culprit who is destroying world cricket is an Australian, but it isn't Ricky Ponting or James Sutherland....No its Simon Taufel.

    This arrogant and egotistical aussie is ruthlessly ensuring that all competition to his unchallenged run as the worlds best umpire is maintianed.

    Daryl Hair was challenging Taufel because of his high rating for correct decisions as measured by the ICC. But Simon the insidious managed to manipulate the match situation in the Eng v Pak match, so that his competition would be removed. Despite Hair having topped the correct decision rating for the year in which he has dismissed.

    Last year Bucknor and Benson were next in line behind Taufel in te ICC awards, so suddenly they mysteriously are both found themselves under pressure to keep their umpiring spots with Bucknor quite possibly being put out to pasture. How could two umpires with such illustrious careers fall so quickly. Clearly this has to be the work of that arrogant aussie, Taufel the aweful. Could this be a coincidince, no clearly there is a pattern that any umpire that challenges Taufel falls on misfortune and gets banned by the ICC. It's a conspircay I tells ya.....

    (A post in humour of the some of the irrational and silly stuff I've endured reading in the last week, and I'm talking especially to you Roebuck.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malleeboy View Post
    Taufel the aweful.
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    I disagree strongly ...the culprits are Aleem Dar and Billy Bowden who have conspired to make all the others look poor...more than Taufel

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    TBH I don't get way people rate Taufel so high. Personally I think his average and not that much better then Dar. His a long way behind Sheppard, Bucknor and Bird at their best. Probably still behind Venkat and Willey too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00 View Post
    TBH I don't get way people rate Taufel so high. Personally I think his average and not that much better then Dar. His a long way behind Sheppard, Bucknor and Bird at their best. Probably still behind Venkat and Willey too.
    cue someone to make an argument stating "umpiring was better pre-2000, when flat tracks, small grounds and better bowlers were around

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    Real culprit of world cricket farce....

    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00 View Post
    TBH I don't get way people rate Taufel so high. Personally I think his average and not that much better then Dar. His a long way behind Sheppard, Bucknor and Bird at their best. Probably still behind Venkat and Willey too.
    What??? Taufel behind Sheppard and Bucknor at their best? I have seen Taufel officiate in several Test matches and he is exceptionally good. I wish he was available to umpire matches in Australia. Far better than the poor standard I saw in Sydney in the past week.

    I cannot get over the comment on Taufel !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    cue someone to make an argument stating "umpiring was better pre-2000, when flat tracks, small grounds and better bowlers were around


    NIce one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    cue someone to make an argument stating "umpiring was better pre-2000, when flat tracks, small grounds and better bowlers were around

    Well Umpiring was better in the days of Dickie Bird. He's the Bradman of Umpiring.

    And standards of Umpiring, too, do go up and down. David Shephard was obviously outstanding too, as was Bucknor in his heyday, and Venkat as well. South Africa had a decent triplet at one point in Koertzen, Orchard and Diedricks too.

    TBH I'm happy enough at the current lot of Dar, Taufel and Bowden (when not in Australia games), with Rauf and one or two others on the next rung down. It's a great shame Jeremy Lloyds decided (as did Peter Willey a little while before) he didn't want to do the international circuit. I still hold out some hope for Nigel Llong too.

    I've never really thought Mark Benson was outstanding though TBH.
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    I can give you one very simple reason why Taufel is better - he's younger.

    I think it's beyond reasonable doubt that simply having been around cricket for a long time doesn't necessarily mean you know what you're doing - Ian Botham is living testament to that.

    It's also beyond reasonable doubt that younger, fitter men (Taufel takes great pride in his fitness) have far better reflexes, far quicker thought processes and far better eyesight. I don't understand why cricket proceeds with the archaic exercise of employing men aged 50 and above to do a job that requires such rapid calculations and such a level head.

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    The likes of Mark Benson prove that youth is not, at all, all there is to Umpiring.

    What's more, Dickie Bird was still the best Umpire in The World well into his 50s. Age may be an advantage, but it's neither a prerequistite nor a guarantee.

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    I'd rather like to point out that specifically praising Taufel was never my intention, it was a mocking of some of the nut cases out there seeing conspiriacy theory of the grandest order when the truthful and most logical answer is just the umpires had a shocker.

    Maybe I should have used "The Boys from Brazil" scenario where a mad scientist has created a race of genetic clones, that are slowly working there way into positions of supreme power in a range of countries. Once in those position of power they will do the job so badly that they will weaken the power of the state. In the US the president is the most important, in Australia clearly the cricket captain is the most important.

    This is the only obvious solution to the similiarilities between George Bush and Ricky Ponting, I mean look at them they could be brothers. (Albeit about 20 years apart.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    The likes of Mark Benson prove that youth is not, at all, all there is to Umpiring.

    What's more, Dickie Bird was still the best Umpire in The World well into his 50s. Age may be an advantage, but it's neither a prerequistite nor a guarantee.
    You're right, by all means it's completely possible to be a competent umpired into old age, and simply being young does not make you good. I just don't understand why cricket's love of tradition stretches to allowing numerous umpires to continue doing their job long after they are physically apt for the job.

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    I like this Malleeboy fella. Seems the old awards have gone by the wayside, but I'd cast a vote his way for best new member.
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    The Awards are dormant at the moment fella - can't get the staff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barney Rubble View Post
    You're right, by all means it's completely possible to be a competent umpired into old age, and simply being young does not make you good. I just don't understand why cricket's love of tradition stretches to allowing numerous umpires to continue doing their job long after they are physically apt for the job.
    Numerous?

    Of late I can think of Bucknor (who's basically a wholly over-stated case, he's been juuust fine the last 2-and-a-half years, having seemed to have been past his retire-by date for the previous 2-and-a-half) and possibly Rudi Koertzen (whose hearing is apparently getting worse, and obviously if that's true he must retire).

    David Shephard was still a perfectly good Umpire into his 60s, Venkat retired just as people might have started saying "he's getting old"... is there anyone else you had in mind?

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