ICC news June 4, 2010

Umpire Rudi Koertzen set to retire

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Rudi Koertzen, the South African umpire, has announced his retirement from officiating in international cricket: his last Test will be the Pakistan-Australia fixture at Headingley from July 21 to 25. The ICC have added Marais Erasmus, from South Africa, and Rodney Tucker, from Australia, to the Elite Panel of Umpires for 2010-11 to replace Koertzen and Mark Benson, who stepped down from the panel in February.

Koertzen, 61, has officiated in 106 Tests, a record 209 ODIs and 14 Twenty20 internationals. His first international match was the ODI between between South Africa and India in Port Elizabeth on December 9, 1992 and he made his Test debut at the same venue three weeks later.

"A distinguished career like Rudi's presents a benchmark for aspirant umpires," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said. "Rudi is a role model for many of the younger-generation umpires and his distinguished career sets a standard for them to emulate.

"He is one of the most respected umpires in the game and has always been confident and self motivated yet humble. It is why he has been comfortably able to embrace the core values of the traditional game with the technological advances in recent times."

Koertzen is currently in Zimbabwe, where he is officiating in the tri-series involving the hosts, India and Sri Lanka. "It has been 18 incredible years for me as an international umpire and I have thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it," he said, reflecting on his career. "I feel humbled to have been trusted with this massive responsibility and awarded this great opportunity to see cricket revolutionise, be actively involved in some of the biggest changes, see some of the iconic players of the modern era and be part of some of the most fascinating matches."

One of the new members of the elitle panel, Tucker, is from New South Wales and Cricket Australia congratulated him on his promotion. "Rod's rise through the ranks has been meteoric but extremely well-deserved. As the first umpire to progress from CA's Project Panel to the highest level, his is a great story for Australian cricket," CA chief James Sutherland said.

"Australian umpires now comprise one third of the ICC's Elite Panel which is a significant achievement and recognition of the quality of our development pathway. CA is enthusiastic about identifying former players to remain in the game post-retirement and we expect Rod will serve as motivation for others to follow a similar path."

The umpires in the Elite Panel for 2010-11 are Billy Bowden, Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Asoka de Silva, Billy Doctrove, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Daryl Harper, Tony Hill, Asad Rauf, Simon Taufel, Rodney Tucker.

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  • aussie1980 on June 9, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    hey rudi its sad that u have retired from international umpiring u will go down as one of the great umpires of all time i hope u live a full and active life and wat ever u choose to do in ur future good luck with that and to all rudi haters just think about this to last as rudi has lasted id like to see u guys do it over 100 tests and over 200 ODI see how long u last ok

    well done rudi on a great career

  • ARJO on June 6, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Ashoka De Silva certainly should be removed from the given list for future of Cricket World. He is making bad decision consistently, but ICC always putting him in the elite panel. rediculus !!!!

  • harohalli on June 6, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    Well he was a good umpire. To err is human. As somebody sais matches are lost because of batsmens mistakes and very rarely due to umpires howlers, save for something like sydnet test when Bucknor made those blunders. ICC should prsctibe a retirement age to the umpires. It is sad that no Indian is in the elite panel. time for Indian board to act instead of wasting time and Modi and his antics.

  • sujanm on June 6, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    Being a Sri Lankan i totally agree dat Asoka De Silva does not deserve to b in da elite panel. Instead of him i think Kumar Darmasena should be there as the Sri Lankan representative in the elite panel.

  • on June 6, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    One of the greatest umpires.. Good one Rudi.!!

  • on June 6, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    The Worst Umpire after Asoka De Silva.

  • on June 5, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    Well, all tings must end. Good tidings to you sir!

  • frank10 on June 5, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    A good umpire who, like Steve Bucknor, should have retired 10 years ago. I'm sorry but 61 is far too old for an umpire in the modern game. His performance along with Bucknor in the 2005 Ashes series will not be forgotten in a hurry for its sheer incompetence and Kumar Sangakarra will never forgive him for the howler of a decision in Hobart that robbed him of a double century. Thanks Rudi but enough is enough.

  • Gilliana on June 5, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    After Dickie Bird, Surely the best. A humble bloke devoted to his job. Sad to see the end of an outstanding career. Happy retirement, Rudi. You are an inspiration to all those that aspire to umpire the game.

  • bobmartin on June 5, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Two things people should remember, the person who never made a mistake never made anything.. That's as true in umpiring as it is in any other walk of life. Batsmen get out because they mistakes, bowlers get hammered because of mistakes, fielders drop catches because of mistakes..No-one is infallible and to expect perfection is to live in cloud cuckoo-land.. Without mistakes there would be no result.. Funny how the umpires mistakes are remembered for all time, yet cricketers mistakes, which cost more games than any mistakes made umpires ever did, are soon forgotten. Rudi may well not have been the very best, but he was certainly better than most. Good luck Rudi and may you have a long and happy retirement. One thing you can be sure of, there are many many more cricketers and lovers of the game who will miss you than there are whingers who are happy to see you go.

  • aussie1980 on June 9, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    hey rudi its sad that u have retired from international umpiring u will go down as one of the great umpires of all time i hope u live a full and active life and wat ever u choose to do in ur future good luck with that and to all rudi haters just think about this to last as rudi has lasted id like to see u guys do it over 100 tests and over 200 ODI see how long u last ok

    well done rudi on a great career

  • ARJO on June 6, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Ashoka De Silva certainly should be removed from the given list for future of Cricket World. He is making bad decision consistently, but ICC always putting him in the elite panel. rediculus !!!!

  • harohalli on June 6, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    Well he was a good umpire. To err is human. As somebody sais matches are lost because of batsmens mistakes and very rarely due to umpires howlers, save for something like sydnet test when Bucknor made those blunders. ICC should prsctibe a retirement age to the umpires. It is sad that no Indian is in the elite panel. time for Indian board to act instead of wasting time and Modi and his antics.

  • sujanm on June 6, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    Being a Sri Lankan i totally agree dat Asoka De Silva does not deserve to b in da elite panel. Instead of him i think Kumar Darmasena should be there as the Sri Lankan representative in the elite panel.

  • on June 6, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    One of the greatest umpires.. Good one Rudi.!!

  • on June 6, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    The Worst Umpire after Asoka De Silva.

  • on June 5, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    Well, all tings must end. Good tidings to you sir!

  • frank10 on June 5, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    A good umpire who, like Steve Bucknor, should have retired 10 years ago. I'm sorry but 61 is far too old for an umpire in the modern game. His performance along with Bucknor in the 2005 Ashes series will not be forgotten in a hurry for its sheer incompetence and Kumar Sangakarra will never forgive him for the howler of a decision in Hobart that robbed him of a double century. Thanks Rudi but enough is enough.

  • Gilliana on June 5, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    After Dickie Bird, Surely the best. A humble bloke devoted to his job. Sad to see the end of an outstanding career. Happy retirement, Rudi. You are an inspiration to all those that aspire to umpire the game.

  • bobmartin on June 5, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    Two things people should remember, the person who never made a mistake never made anything.. That's as true in umpiring as it is in any other walk of life. Batsmen get out because they mistakes, bowlers get hammered because of mistakes, fielders drop catches because of mistakes..No-one is infallible and to expect perfection is to live in cloud cuckoo-land.. Without mistakes there would be no result.. Funny how the umpires mistakes are remembered for all time, yet cricketers mistakes, which cost more games than any mistakes made umpires ever did, are soon forgotten. Rudi may well not have been the very best, but he was certainly better than most. Good luck Rudi and may you have a long and happy retirement. One thing you can be sure of, there are many many more cricketers and lovers of the game who will miss you than there are whingers who are happy to see you go.

  • reeksrok on June 5, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Rudi was great and yes we will definitely miss his slow finger of death. Erasmus looks the most confident and unruffled umpire i have ever seen and the decisions he has made so far have been largely good. I havent seen much of tucker umpiring but surely hope he does a great job. Among the elite panel definitely ashoka de silva does not belong. He has so many silly errors that its quite hard to comprehend what ICC is doing

  • beefy on June 5, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    i think is is good for cricket that Rudi is retiring and i think the umpires that have been added are not good enough to be in the elite panel including asoka desilva,billy bowden,billy doctrove and also darryl harper the only umpires that are to international standard are alleem dar,simon taufel,ian gould and azad rauf all the others are just puppets on the pitch.the ICC should encourage Ex crickerters to come into umpiring.

  • on June 5, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    Aleem Dar is the best umpire along with Simon taufell. Dar is the only good news to have come out of Pakistan in the last couple of years. He is young, honest and is respected.

  • DrunkOtter on June 5, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    I had the pleasure of spending an evening talking to Rudi over a couple of beverages once.I saw him in a pub at the end of a test and I asked if I could have a picture with him. When he learned I was a local umpire he pulled another chair up to the table and spent the evening giving me some of the best umpiring advice I've ever received. He was a gentleman and a true servant of the game. Rudi retiring is cricket's loss.

    Let me add, people who complain about a single decision made by an umpire know nothing about cricket or the spirit in which it should be played.

  • nagirodu on June 5, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    Tony Hill is not that bad Umpire. He is one of the Best in the modern times.

  • Nav147 on June 4, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    A poor umpire, who has made more howlers than the average umpire. Will not be missed at all.

  • RemyLeBeau on June 4, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    I cant believe Asoka DeSilva and Billy Doctrove are still on the elite panel!! They are horrible, horrible umpires!

  • doughyinperth on June 4, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    Well not before time. The game between Pakistan and Australia could do with being a "timeless test" because the wonderful Koertzen never gives anyone out who wears a Green cap!!!!

  • on June 4, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    the end of an outstanding career...a role model for aspiring umpires...we will definitely miss Rudi's slow death

  • on June 4, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Can't understand how Ashoka D'Silva figures in this list...He is the worst I have ever seen..Worse than most of the umpires from India....

  • bharath74 on June 4, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    We will miss Rudi's slow raising of the hand. Rudi is a legend and a great umpire. Cricket world is going to miss him. Good luck Rudi, have fun.

  • SLfan on June 4, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    @ SatyaKrishna - Totally agree with you ! That would have been a historic match otherwise. We were chasing a target of 507 & 8 wickets were down at that time. Malinga was at the other end with 42 runs & he looked very steady. Then this happened & all Sri Lankan hopes vanished.....However Rudi appologize later, but then no use of that ! This was not the only such decision he has given. I feel that his tendency to make error decisions are higher than other umpires.

  • shonkhochil on June 4, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    Another experience Umpire is leaving... All Umpires made wrong decisions.. It's a part of the game..Rudi also did I guess..but Good wishes for you Rudi..I think you did a great job & we all will miss your slow death decision... I am concerned about Rod Tucker, Tony Hill & Asoka de silva ... They are in Elite panel now!! Bad news !!!

  • Sarfin on June 4, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    well,,,wasn't Rod Tucker was umpiring in Bangladesh-England test series in Bangladesh? wasn't his and his partner's performance was so poor that even the ICC president Mr. Morgan expressed his disappointment??? so, this is the prize for poor umpiring? may be some point is added for bad decisions!!! because Rod didn't stand in any other test after that series. or ICC doesn't have enough good umpires??? it's a shame for ICC

  • Saim93 on June 4, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    Very good he has a history of making very poor decisions and especially against Asian nations.

  • SatyaKrishna on June 4, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Ah finally! Wish he retired 4 or 5 years earlier, I still cant believe that he raised his damn finger in Hobart to give Sangakkara out at 192, what a shame to end such an amazing innings with a horrible decision! We are very much pleased to see you retire Rudi. You have left a lot of cricket crazy fans totally bitter with your decisions

  • shashankvaish on June 4, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    we will miss the slow death

  • on June 4, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    After Venkat not a single Indian umpire in the panel

  • Chris_P on June 4, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Good luck to Rudi in his retirement. Not knowing Erasmus's efforts to date, I trust the review panel have been more than suitably impressed with him to be elevated to this pevel so good luck to him.

    Rod Tucker's elevation is well worthwhile as he has been the outstanding umpire in the Australian domestic scene in recent years. he was a very promising first class cricketer (actually fielded as a sub fielder against Sri Lanka I believe) and perhaps in other eras he may have worn the baggy green. I believe he will develop to challenge Simon Taufel's place at the top rated umpire in the game. Good luck to him in the future.

  • on June 4, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    Good decision, it's time for him to call off. Overall he is okay but not that good because of too much of wrong dismissals (Eg: The way he gave out Kumar Sangakkara against Australia in their last match in the last test series, n quit a lot other dismissals as well)

  • Batman111 on June 4, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    Thank God!!! Yes, good decision otherwise ICC would have had to send him off as his mistakes are increasing day by day. I think Rudi probably has the record for the most no of wrong dismissals.

  • Stony_Grangey on June 4, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    A fantastic umpire, I had the ultimate pleasure of umpiring a day with him. A wonderful servant of the game, truly respected but deservedly so. Many people tend to dwell on certain mistakes (which history shows all umpires make) while not seeing the many many years of faithful service he has given to the game. He had a calm manner, and was an old-fashioned good-hearted person, of which sadly there are too few in the modern game. Thank you Rudi, we will miss you!

  • on June 4, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    There is no Indian elite panel which means that there is no umpiring talent in the country.

  • on June 4, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    good decision...some of the decisions he gave recently were shocking to say the least, he has however done a reasonable job and one of the few umpires who has earned respect not just from officials but from players as well

  • CricketPissek on June 4, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    'slow death' was amusing. but his umpiring skills were horrible at times. no sri lankan will forgive him for that shocker against sanga in Australia :) happy retirement Ruudi

  • Vijendran on June 4, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Over the last 3-4 years he has made quite a few puzzling decisions (eg Sangakkara vs Australia). But overall a great career.

  • MFNadeem on June 4, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    The names of ASOKA DE SILVA and BILLY DOCTROVE in elite panel are a a disgrace to this elite bunch of people. :)

  • Isam8432 on June 4, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    I don't know about Marais Erasmus but Rod Tucker? Are you kidding me?! I think he gave the worst performance in Bangladesh only recently during the England series. He was clueless and to be honest, I don't see how he could be an 'elite' umpire.

  • JogeshPanda on June 4, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Rudi - will be missed.... for a generation his slow death was really dreadful, where his hand will raise slowly pointing the batsman to go ......... He has a command over the field...

  • thewayitwas on June 4, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    A good decision.. rudi has lost his touch in recent years.. good for the game i say, however his work should be respected as umpiring is no easy job!!

  • SyedArbabAhmed on June 4, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Nadeem Ghouri of Pakistan should be included in the elite panel as well, he deserves it.

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  • SyedArbabAhmed on June 4, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Nadeem Ghouri of Pakistan should be included in the elite panel as well, he deserves it.

  • thewayitwas on June 4, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    A good decision.. rudi has lost his touch in recent years.. good for the game i say, however his work should be respected as umpiring is no easy job!!

  • JogeshPanda on June 4, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Rudi - will be missed.... for a generation his slow death was really dreadful, where his hand will raise slowly pointing the batsman to go ......... He has a command over the field...

  • Isam8432 on June 4, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    I don't know about Marais Erasmus but Rod Tucker? Are you kidding me?! I think he gave the worst performance in Bangladesh only recently during the England series. He was clueless and to be honest, I don't see how he could be an 'elite' umpire.

  • MFNadeem on June 4, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    The names of ASOKA DE SILVA and BILLY DOCTROVE in elite panel are a a disgrace to this elite bunch of people. :)

  • Vijendran on June 4, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Over the last 3-4 years he has made quite a few puzzling decisions (eg Sangakkara vs Australia). But overall a great career.

  • CricketPissek on June 4, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    'slow death' was amusing. but his umpiring skills were horrible at times. no sri lankan will forgive him for that shocker against sanga in Australia :) happy retirement Ruudi

  • on June 4, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    good decision...some of the decisions he gave recently were shocking to say the least, he has however done a reasonable job and one of the few umpires who has earned respect not just from officials but from players as well

  • on June 4, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    There is no Indian elite panel which means that there is no umpiring talent in the country.

  • Stony_Grangey on June 4, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    A fantastic umpire, I had the ultimate pleasure of umpiring a day with him. A wonderful servant of the game, truly respected but deservedly so. Many people tend to dwell on certain mistakes (which history shows all umpires make) while not seeing the many many years of faithful service he has given to the game. He had a calm manner, and was an old-fashioned good-hearted person, of which sadly there are too few in the modern game. Thank you Rudi, we will miss you!