Recalling the Munaf-Awash Shah controversy, Simon Taufel says: During the Test match between India and England played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in 2006, the sharp pitch between Indian fast bowler Munaf Patel and England’s Owais Shah was noticed.
Confronting the players of the two teams in the field of cricket is common practice. During the match, there are many incidents of nose knocks between opposition players. But sometimes this dispute increases more and the umpire has to be intervened. Recently, the most successful umpire of International Cricket, Simon Taufel disclosed such an incident.
The incident occurred in the Test between India and England at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in 2006, Australian umpire Simon Taufel mentioned the incident. Taufel was officiating in this Test match. In this match, sharp pitch between India’s fast bowler Munaf Patel and England’s Owais Shah could be seen.
Taufel said, “During this match, Munaf spoke Shah in Hindi in the wrong words and Munaf felt that he would get out easily. But I grabbed Munaf easily because I know the abuse in 7 different languages. “Speaking at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Taufel mentioned this when a student showed them a video related to the incident. The student asked Toufel Do you know what Munaf had said? In response to this, Toufel said, “some wrong word was said.” After that, Taufel also told the students by pronouncing that word.
Simon Toufel further told the students how important it is to have a strong foundation in any career. He said, “As a cricket umpire, I got an opportunity to know the best words of local languages. Now I know the wrong words of 7 languages, which helped deal with such incidents on the field. This is the same thing that you apply to students too. You have to strengthen your foundation. Significantly, Simon Toufel retired from umpiring in 2012. He has umpired in 74 Tests, 104 ODIs and 34 T20 matches in his career. Simon has also won the ICC Umpire of the Year award for five consecutive terms between 2004 and 2008. He is ranked 5th in most matches in the field of umpiring.