Veteran umpire Tony Hill on Thursday stepped down from the ICC’s elite panel to take up the role of New Zealand Cricket’s Umpire Coach.

The 62-year-old from Auckland was promoted to the elite panel in 2009 after serving on the international panel for 11 years.

Hill made his international debut with an ODI between New Zealand and Zimbabwe in Napier in March 1998, and went on to officiate in 40 Tests, 96 ODIs and 17 T20Is in a 15-year career as a top-level umpire, the ICC said in a statement.

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