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You had people with machine guns watching you: Simon Taufel remembers refereeing India-Pakistan matches


Simon Taufel is widely regarded as one of the best umpires in world cricket. The Australian bid farewell to international refereeing in 2012 after winning the ICC’s Referee of the Year award five times. He was a favorite among the players and as a result many won him high praise for his outstanding judgments on the 22-yard cricket track.

Recently, Taufel recalled his time officiating India-Pakistan matches at the highest level. The former referee claimed ‘presidential-level security’ was in place during matches between the two Asian giants.

“India-Pakistan clashes have come with extra scrutiny and expectation because the game is being analyzed by all the armchair experts,” Taufel said. “You had people with machine guns guarding you and presidential level security was assigned to the teams. You have to stay grounded because I tried my best to focus on the task at hand and take things one bullet at a time. times,” he added. .

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Although Taufel admitted to missing the excitement of officiating in high-tension matches, he was quick to point out how blessed he felt to be spending more time with his family. “I miss being part of the excitement of international cricket, but I do miss the travels and time away from my family. I certainly do miss the scrutiny. Now is the time to help the new generation and I love every moment of it,” he added.

Speaking of Indo-Pak clashes at the international level, this only takes place at multi-nation or ICC events. The senior men’s cricket teams of India and Pakistan last met at last year’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

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