The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that Australian Rod Tucker has been appointed to umpire the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 final between India and England at Edgbaston on Sunday.
Tucker will officiate the match alongside Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena, while fellow Australian Bruce Oxenford has been appointed the Third Umpire (TV Umpire) and Ranjan Madugalle the Match Referee.
Speaking about the appointment of the two Australian umpires, Cricket Australia’s (CA) Executive General Manager – Operations Mike McKenna said: “The appointment of Rod Tucker and Bruce Oxenford to officiate in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 final is a further endorsement of the strength of Australian umpiring.
“Both Rod and Bruce have transitioned from first-class players to elite umpires and their development demonstrates CA’s commitment to providing opportunities for past players to continue their involvement in cricket following retirement.
“Rod and Bruce continue Australia’s proud history of producing quality umpires who have progressed through the development pathway to international honours. We hope that their achievements inspire others to take that path once their playing days have concluded.
“We congratulate Rod and Bruce on an excellent tournament to date and wish them well for Sunday’s final at Edgbaston,” McKenna said.
Tucker, from New South Wales, was appointed to the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires in 2008 and was promoted to the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires two years later in 2010. He has officiated in 25 Tests, 31 ODIs and 14 T20Is. Oxenford was appointed to the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires in 2007-08 and was promoted to the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires in 2012. The Queenslander has officiated in 13 Tests, 42 ODIs and 12 T20Is.
Tucker, Oxenford and Paul Reiffel are three former first-class players who have progressed to elite international umpiring, which endorses CA’s efforts to encourage past players to remain involved in cricket following retirement.
The Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires was established in 2002 and Australia has had six members on the Panel since its inception. Australia currently has three members on the Panel – Tucker, Oxenford and Steve Davis – which, along with England who also have three members, is the most of all full member nations.
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First Posted 22 June, 2013 12:43PM AEDT