9 Jan 2014

Tony Hill joins New Zealand Cricket as Umpire Coach

12:57 pm on 9 January 2014

The international cricket umpire, Tony Hill, has been appointed as New Zealand Cricket's Umpire Coach.

The 62-year-old Aucklander stepped down from the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires to take up the role, which he will begin in March.

It brings to an end his 15-year career on the international umpiring circuit, during which time Hill officiated in 40 Tests, 96 One Day Internationals and 17 Twenty20 Internationals.

New Zealand Cricket says Hill's new position will focus mainly around managing recruitment and retention processes for amateur umpires, talent identification of potential professional umpires and the coaching of New Zealand's elite umpires.

Tony Hill says he has treasured his time as an umpire and as an elite umpire, but the new opportunity with NZ Cricket will enable him to continue to be part of the match official community.