Umpire Bruce Oxenford retires from international cricket
Australian umpire Bruce Oxenford has decided to retire from international cricket after a 15-year career.
The 60-year-old, who last officiated in the Brisbane Test between India and Australia earlier this month, will stand down from his position in April.
The 62-Test veteran also stood in 97 one-day internationals as well as 20 T20 internationals between January 2006 and January of this year.
Member of the ICC Elite Panel, Oxenford also officiated at the last three ICC World Cups and the last three ICC T20 World Cups. He was also part of the officiating team at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cups in 2012 and 2014.
He is one of the six Australian umpires alongside Daryl Harper, Darelll Hair, Simon Taufel, Rod Tucker and Steve Davies to officiate in at least 50 Tests. Overall only 16 umpires around the world have had the honour of officiating in 50 or more Tests.
He also pioneered the use of the protective arm shield for umpires in international cricket.
Before starting his career as an umpire, Oxenford played eight first-class matches for Queensland as a leg-spin bowler and lower-order batsman.
“I had a wonderful time as a match official and will miss the camaraderie that comes with being a part of such a professional group,” he said in a statement. “I shall particularly miss seeing and interacting with the magnificent people who are part of the support structure of our game around the world.”
Though he is retiring from international cricket, Oxenford will continue to oversee domestic fixtures.
“I look back with pride at my international career as an umpire,” he also said. “It is still hard to believe that I officiated in close to 200 international matches. Such a long career was not really something that I had hoped for before commencing on this journey.
“Most importantly, I want to thank my wife Jo, son James and daughter Kristen for all their love and support over the years. It would not have been possible for me to have such a long career without their sacrifices and for this I am eternally grateful.”