Colombo, Sept 26 (IBNS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday announced that Bruce Oxenford has been appointed to the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires from 1 November.
Oxenford has replaced Simon Taufel on the elite panel and is one of the 13 umpires on duty in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012.
He has been on the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires since 2007-2008.
Oxenford, born on 5 March 1960 in Southport, Queensland, has already umpired in eight Tests and 39 ODIs after having made his Test debut in Pallekele in a match between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in December 2010.
He stood in his first ODI in 2008 in a match between India and Sri Lanka at Manuka Oval, Canberra. He has umpired 12 Twenty20 Internationals to date.
He represented Queensland in eight first-class matches from 1991-1993 as a lower-order right-hand batsman and leg break and googly bowler.
In his brief eight-match career, Oxenford took 18 wickets and scored 112 runs.
Oxenford commenced his umpiring career straight after retiring from professional cricket and made his first-class umpiring debut in November 2001 by standing in a match between Queensland and New Zealand at Brisbane Cricket Ground.
ICC's Umpire and Referee Manager, Vince Van Der Bijl, congratulated Oxenford on his appointment to the elite panel.
"Bruce is a very experienced and respected umpire, and follows a long line of elite Australian umpires. He has been umpiring at the first-class level for well over a decade and is committed and dedicated to officiating," Bijl said.
"We are delighted to welcome Bruce, who will add his own brand of professionalism, energy and love of umpiring to the elite panel," he said.