Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Friday that Karl
Hurter has been appointed as its Match Officials Administrator and that
KwaZulu-Natal’s Babalo Gcuma had been promoted to the National
First-Class Panel of Umpires.
Gcuma has been officiating as an Emerging Panel umpire for
the past seven years and his performances have earned him promotion to
officiate at the Professional Level.
Karl Hurter’s appointment as the first permanent CSA Match
Officials’ Administrator is part of the overall restructure of the match
“I am pleased to welcome Karl Hurter as the first full time
CSA Match Officials Administrator and, with his vast umpiring experience, we
expect him to play a vital role in ensuring that CSA continues to produce
world-class match officials,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.
“Congratulations to Babalo on his promotion to the
First-Class panel,” said Mr Lorgat. “Our match officials can easily be
compared with the best in the world and I must acknowledge the key role they
play in making South African cricket a world leader.
“We will continue to create opportunities for them to
progress, notably through our exchange programmes with Australia, India and New
Marais Erasmus, Johan Cloete, Shaun George and Adrian
Holdstock have retained their positions on the ICC International Panel
after receiving favourable feedback in international matches.
Marlon Jansen, Jurie Sadler and Abdoellah
Steenkamp have been appointed to the Pilot Panel after showing great
promise over the past few seasons in CSA Select Tournaments.
The respective panels for the ensuing season are:
National First-Class Panel
Murray Brown, Johan Cloete, Marais Erasmus, Babalo Gcuma,
Shaun George, Adrian Holdstock, Earl Hendrikse, Ian Howell, Bongani Jele, Brian
Jerling, Allahudien Paleker, Gerrie Pienaar, Dennis Smith and Brad White
Rudi Birkenstock, Roderick Ellis, Lourens Engelbrecht,
Stephen Harris, Bernard Harrison, Ryan Hendricks, Clifford Isaacs, Clive
Joubert, Lester Leendertz, Bryan Mantle, Jack Morton, Stephen Rex, Faizel
Samsoodien, Irvin Van Kerwel, Phillip Vosloo, Laurance Willemse and Jeff
Pilot Panel (previously known as Emerging
Marlon Jansen, Jurie Sadler and Abdoellah Steenkamp
Tiefie Barnes, Devdas Govindjee, Barry Lambson and Shahid