ICC news June 4, 2010

Umpire Rudi Koertzen set to retire

Cricinfo staff

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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  • William 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

  • Mohammad 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 !!!!

  • srivatsa 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.

  • sujan 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.

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2010, 6:31 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    The Worst Umpire after Asoka De Silva.

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2010, 22:31 GMT

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

  • Frank 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.

  • Gilbert 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.

  • Bob 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.

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