Russell Tiffin

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Russell Tiffin
Personal information
Full name Russell Blair Tiffin
Born (1959-06-04) 4 June 1959 (age 57)
Salisbury, Rhodesia
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Role Umpire
Domestic team information
Years Team
Old Hararians
Umpiring information
Tests umpired 44 (1995–2009)
ODIs umpired 152 (1992–2017)
T20Is umpired 16 (2010–2016)
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 19 February 2017

Russell Blair Tiffin (born 4 June 1959) is a current international cricket umpire, and a former Test cricket umpire. He has been a member of the ICC International umpire panel since 1995. From the spring of 2008, he became one of the umpires for the newly formed Indian Premier League including being based in Chennai India in May 2008.

Early life[edit]

Tiffin was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe). His family were farmers in the Tengwe area in the north of the country. Tiffin was educated at Banket Primary School and Prince Edward High School in Harare, where he became a wicketkeeper-batsman. After three years of military service, he played for Mashonaland in the days before Zimbabwean provincial cricket had first-class status, while working as a manager for Castrol Zimbabwe. He became an umpire in 1986, but continued with his day job until May 2002, when he became a full-time umpire.


He became a member of the ICC Elite Panel in April 2001. In February 2004 along with Asoka de Silva and Dave Orchard, he did not renew his contract.[1] He officiated in 38 Test matches, the most for any Zimbabwean umpire. In December 2007 he stood in his 39th Test match, after a 3-year lay-off from umpiring Tests. In November 2016 he stood in his 150th One Day International (ODI) game, in the match between Zimbabwe and the West Indies at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Umpires dropped in 2004
  2. ^ "Tiripano's last-over heroics hand Zimbabwe a tie". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 

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