ICC pays tribute to Koertzen

2010-07-20 20:30

Johannesburg - The ICC has paid tribute to Rudi Koertzen on Tuesday as the renowned umpire prepares for his final Test.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat says: "We owe a debt of gratitude to Rudi for his hard work and effort throughout his time as an international umpire"

Emirates Elite Panel umpire Rudi Koertzen will officiate in his final Test match on Wednesday when Pakistan take on Australia in the MCC Spirit of Cricket Test match at Headingley and so bringing the end to a long and distinguished umpiring career.

The retirement of Koertzen see the end of an outstanding career for the South African at top-level umpiring in which the 61-year-old will have stood in 108 Tests, a record 209 ODIs and 14 T20Is.

Koertzen, born on March 26, 1949 in Knysna, Cape Province, made his international ODI debut on December 9, 1992 in a match between South Africa and India in Port Elizabeth and three weeks later at the same venue and between the same opponents stood in his first Test match.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: "We owe a debt of gratitude to Rudi for his hard work and effort throughout his career as an international umpire

"He is one of the most highly respected umpires of the game and we wish him the best of luck in his final Test. It is somewhat fitting that Rudi's final appointment before retiring from the Elite Panel is to officiate in the pinnacle of our great sport, Test cricket."

Vincent van der Bijl, the ICC Umpires and Referees manager, added: "Rudi can be proud of the respect and affection that he has generated among his fellow umpires as well as captains, players and administrators alike. We all applaud him for his professionalism, integrity and for being such a fine team player in the officiating ranks. His character, warmth and sheer love of cricket will remain with us and be a beacon for those who follow.

"We hope that the Headingley crowd give Rudi the reception that his outstanding career deserves. He is special and he will be remembered as one of the greats of the umpiring fraternity."


  • Graham - 2010-07-20 19:39

    Hats off and three cheers to Rudi! Although an unsung hero, he is every bit a great champion; and South Africa is proud of him.

  • Bullet - 2010-07-20 21:31

    ....well done "old, slow hand Rudi" have done us proud....we salute you...

  • Eliza - 2010-07-20 21:38

    We will miss you Rudi! I echo @ Graham's comment entirely. Sad to see you go.

  • Anton - 2010-07-20 21:43

    Although he was, and still is, a great umpire, it seems to have slipped the minds of many people that he wwas part of the debacle of the last World Cup when the rules were forgotten. as a result rudi wasn't allowed to stand in the T20 held in South Africa...

  • Orrie - 2010-07-21 07:06

    The Cricketing world will miss "the slow finger of death"... But we'll probably see him at next year's IPL? Oom Rudi, gaan met die wete dat jy een van die bestes was vir `n lang lang tyd.

  • Sonny@Anton - 2010-07-21 07:21

    And so that means you are perfect. I was an umpire for 10 years and know Rudi well. Why don't you try umpriring instead of being so full of yourself!

  • Just Cricket - 2010-07-21 08:33

    @Anton. Oh? And you, perfect peter, never makes a mistake! You are such a pathetic loser. To Rudi, well done one a great and distinguished umpiring career and enjoy watching from the sideline!

  • Cricker 4Ever - 2010-07-21 16:06

    Congrats to one of the BEST umps to EVER officiate the game...

  • AJ - 2010-07-22 12:22

    An umpire generally very well respected by captains and players (past and present). Well done Rudi!

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