Koertzen to 'walk' in July

2010-06-04 08:57

Dubai - Top cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen will follow thousands of batsmen he has sent back to the pavilion by retiring in July, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Friday.

The 61-year-old South African, known for the painfully slow raising of his left arm to signal a batsmen's demise, will stand down after the second Test between Pakistan and Australia in Leeds on July 21-25.

It will bring the curtain down on an 18-year international umpiring career in which he would have stood in 106 tests, a record 209 ODI matches and 14 Twenty20 internationals, the ICC said.

"It has been 18 incredible years for me as an international umpire and I have thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it," Koertzen said in an ICC statement.

"I'll be more than happy to assist... young umpires if they need my guidance as cricket also teaches us to give something back to the sport. After 18 years in business, I think it is payback time."

The ICC added that Marais Erasmus and Rodney Tucker have been included in the ICC's elite umpiring panel for the 2010-11 season, starting on July 1.

They will replace Koertzen and Mark Benson who stepped down in February.


  • cyril - 2010-06-04 09:28

    Au Revoir

  • Just Cricket - 2010-06-04 10:04

    Ah Rudi...we will miss you. A great umpire and a great man. Enjoy your retirement!

  • Dash - 2010-06-04 10:17

    A man well respected and with integrity - sad to see you go

  • Anton - 2010-06-04 10:19

    Great unmpire, great career. You deserve a rest

  • Mynie - 2010-06-04 10:39

    Well done Rudi, you have done us proud and deserve the rest.

  • Pete - 2010-06-04 10:42

    great loss to cricket, fans and players, Rudi was far and away the best umpire in the game.

  • Piet Skiet - 2010-06-04 10:44

    Rudi you are a legend. Good luck to you

  • Lally - 2010-06-04 10:46

    Good bye "oom Rudi" enjoy the retirment, and you can sit now and enjoy the game with a beer. Oom Rudi gave me a red card for being to loud as a spectator a Super Sport Park. We'll miss you. WELL BOWLED LALLY!!

  • ian - 2010-06-04 11:11

    We will miss you Rudi - you have done us proud. Enjoy being a spectator.

  • Muriel - 2010-06-04 12:33

    It is going to be a sad loss to cricket when Rudi retires. He has been one of the most consistent umpires on the world stage.

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