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Marais Erasmus Retirement: Famous umpire Marais Erasmus will be out after the final test of New Zealand-Australia series

ICC congratulates 60-year-old umpire Marais Erasmus on his retirement from the elite panel after a distinguished career.

Marais Erasmus Retirement
Marais Erasmus retires from the elite panel, ending a distinguished umpiring career. (Photo Source: ICC)

Marais Erasmus reflects on illustrious umpiring career

Marais Erasmus Retirement: ICC congratulates Marais Erasmus on his illustrious career Marais Erasmus (60 years) has decided to end his illustrious career as an umpire by retiring from the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires after the second and final Test between New Zealand and Australia. Have done. A former Boland cricket team cricketer, Erasmus has been a member of international cricket umpiring for more than two decades.

Erasmus expressed his feelings ahead of his final Test and said, “I have had a great time in the elite panel, umpiring in some top-tier matches around the world and global ICC events. I am very fortunate to have continued my association with the game after my time as a cricketer in South Africa and have enjoyed every moment of it.”

Longest serving umpire on elite panel

The South African umpire, appointed to the elite panel of ICC umpires in 2010, has the joint longest serving time on the list with Rod Tucker. Highlights of Erasmus’ career include winning the prestigious David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year in 2016, 2017 and 2021. His final Test in Christchurch will be his 82nd men’s Test match as an umpire, placing him 10th in the list of umpires who have officiated in most Test matches.

Erasmus’ contribution to international cricket extends far beyond Test matches, as he has umpired in four ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, seven ICC Men’s T20 World Cups and three ICC Women’s T20 World Cups, as well as two ICC Men’s Champions Trophy tournaments. Notably, he played a key role in the dramatic final of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2019 between England and New Zealand.

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ICC Chief Geoff Allardyce takes charge of Marais Erasmus’ Stories Umpiring Career

ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardyce praised Erasmus’ illustrious career, saying, “Marais has had a fantastic career as an international umpire. He has been not only an excellent umpire but also a great team man, Who is respected by his colleagues at the ICC and on the elite panel.”

Erasmus’ umpiring journey began in 2006 and he joined the elite panel in 2010, and has made a mark on the international stage. Rod Tucker, his fellow elite panel umpire, praised Erasmus, saying, “I think the biggest compliment I can give Marais is that he would be mentioned in the same breath as the great David Shepherd , both so quiet but very strong and very respected by everyone involved in the game.”

Marais Erasmus retirement, leaving a void in umpiring

Erasmus shared his decision to retire in October last year, expressing his desire for a quieter life away from the hectic schedule of international travel and officiating. The Wellington Test between New Zealand and Australia would serve as his final international assignment, significantly influencing the cricket world.

His departure from the umpiring scene leaves Adrian Holdstock as the only South African umpire on the elite panel, highlighting the void left by Erasmus. Erasmus plans to continue contributing to cricket through advisory roles within Cricket South Africa and umpiring in domestic cricket.

Reflecting on his career, Erasmus expressed his gratitude for the opportunities he had to watch legendary players in action and be a part of important cricketing moments. His journey from playing first-class cricket to standing as an umpire in prestigious venues and World Cups shows passion, and dedication.

Erasmus leaves behind a legacy that goes beyond match decisions and cricket rules. His impact on the game will be characterized by impartiality, composure and fostering the next generation of cricket officials. His influence on the game will live on through the umpires he mentored and the moments he umpired.

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