Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) have announced the appointments of Lauren Agenbag to the Reserve List Umpires Panel and Shandre Fritz to the the Match Referees Panel for the 2019/20 season.
CSA have broken new ground in its commitment to gender equality at all levels and areas of the game.
Senior umpires Marais Erasmus (ICC Elite Panel), Shaun
George (ICC Reserve Test/ODI Panel) and Adrian Holdstock, Bongani Jele and
Allahudien Paleker (ICC International Panel), currently serve on the various International Cricket Council (ICC) Panels.
Fritz represented the Proteas women in 59 ODIs and 26 T20Is from 2003-2014. Fritz became the first South African to score a century in T20 cricket against the Netherlands in Potchefstroom.
In 2012, she was named South African Women's Cricketer of the Year award.
"Congratulations to all our umpires on their deserved
appointments for the approaching season and particularly to Lauren and
Shandre," commented Corrie van Zyl, CSA Acting Director of Cricket. "Umpires
are central to the game of cricket and we are fortunate to have an extremely
competent group of match officials.
"We will continue to create opportunities for our umpires to
develop through our exchange programmes with Australia, India and New Zealand.
"Lauren has already umpired at Women's Senior International
level in T20 matches and we have identified her as one of the exciting
prospects to come through our Talent Identification Programme (TAP).
"I would also like to pay tribute and extend our thanks to
Abdulatief (Tiefie) Barnes who is retiring from our Match Referees Panel after
a long and outstanding career both as player and match official," concluded Van
CSA First-Class Panel: Murray Brown, Johan Cloete, Siphelele Gasa, Lubabalo
Gcuma, Shaun George, Stephen Harris, Ryan Hendricks, Adrian Holdstock, Clifford
Isaacs, Arno Jacobs, Bongani Jele, Tom Mokorosi, Allahudien Paleker, Dennis
Smith, Abdoellaah Steenkamp, Philip Vosloo, Brad White
CSA Reserve List Panel: Rudi Birkenstock, Dawood Arkeldien, Gawie Botha,
Hassen Dawood, Jannie Erasmus, Mazizi Gampu, Gladman Gaseba, Marlon Jansen,
Kevin Lawrence, Sinethemba Mjekula, Bongani Ntshebe, Stephen Rex, Jurie Sadler,
Abongile Sodumo, Godwin von Willingh, Lauren Agenbag
Match Referees: Devdas Govindjee, Barry Lambson, Zama Ndamane,
Laurance Matroos, Gerrie Pienaar, Shaid Wadvalla, Shandre Fritz
Compiled by Lynn Butler