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Update Umpire Bruce Oxenford to retire from international cricket
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Umpire Bruce Oxenford has decided to retire from international cricket after a career of 15 years where he officiated in 179 international matches. The 60-year-old, who's last Test was India's famous win in Brisbane against Australia, will stand down from his position in April.

A veteran of 62 Tests, Oxenford made his debut in Brisbane in a T20I fixture between Australia and South Africa in 2006. He has been part of three 50-over World Cups, three T20 World Cups and also featured in two Women's 50-over World Cups in 2012 and 2014. "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," he said.

"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. 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.

"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."

Oxenford, who was born in Queensland, went on to play eight first-class matches where he picked up 18 wickets. His Test umpiring debut came in Pallekele in a contest between Sri Lanka and West Indies in 2010. Prior to that, he had made his One-Day International debut in Canberra in 2008 when India took on Sri Lanka. Oxenford will continue to officiate in domestic fixtures.

Adrian Griffith, ICC's Senior Manager - Umpires and Referees, expressed his gratitude towards Oxenford. "Bruce is an excellent umpire, and it has been a pleasure working with him over the years. He is a great team man and well respected by all his colleagues," he said.

"I congratulate Bruce on behalf of everyone at the ICC for a fine international career and wish him all the success in his future pursuits. It is pleasing to hear he will continue to umpire domestically and share his tremendous experience with the next generation of Elite umpires."

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