Australian Umpire Bruce Oxenford on Thursday announced his retirement from International Cricket after officiating in all formats of cricket for over 15 years.
Oxenford is also a member of the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires since the year 2012, he has officiated in 62 test matches the last one was the final game of the Australia-India series in Brisbane.
“I look back with pride at my international career as an umpire. 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,” said Oxenford in an ICC statement.
The 60 year old umpire has made his International debut at the Gabba in a T20 International match between South Africa & Australia in January 2006. He officiated at the last three men’s World Cups & the last three T20 World Cups. He was also a part of the officiating team at the Women’s T20 World Cups in 2012 & 2014. Before starting a career as an umpire, Oxenford represented Queensland in eight first class matches as a leg spin bowler & lower order batsman. The Queenslander will officiate to oversee domestic fixtures despite his retirement from International game.
“I would like to thank the International Cricket Council, Cricket Australia and all my colleagues in the ICC Elite and International panels for their support and encouragement over the years,” he said.
“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. I shall particularly miss seeing and interacting with the magnificent people who are part of the support structure of our game around the world.” Oxenford said he is looking forward to umpiring in domestic cricket in his country.
“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.
“Whilst I will no longer stand in International matches, I look forward to continuing to serve the game that I love – officiating within Australia,” he added.