Marais Erasmus to retire from international umpiring after distinguished career | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: South Africa’s Marais Erasmus, a distinguished figure in international cricket umpiring, will bid farewell to his role after officiating in the second and final Test between New Zealand and Australia in Christchurch, beginning on Friday.
The 60-year-old Erasmus, whose illustrious career as an umpire commenced in 2006, announced his decision to retire from the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires on Thursday, ahead of his final Test as an umpire.
Reflecting on his journey, Erasmus expressed gratitude for the opportunities he had as an elite umpire, stating, “I have had a wonderful time on the Elite Panel, officiating in some top-class matches around the world and in global ICC events.”
Erasmus, who has officiated in a total of 380 matches as an official, including 131 as a TV umpire, emphasized his appreciation for the game and his desire to contribute to it in other capacities following his retirement from umpiring.
As one of the longest-serving umpires on the ICC Elite panel, Erasmus’s tenure saw him officiate in numerous prestigious tournaments, including four World Cups, seven T20 World Cups, and two Champions Trophy tournaments in men’s cricket, along with three Women’s T20 World Cups.
His distinguished career was marked by accolades, including winning the David Shepherd Trophy for the ICC Umpire of the Year in 2016, 2017, and 2021. Erasmus’s notable appearances include officiating in the thrilling finals of the 2019 ODI World Cup, as well as the last two T20 World Cup finals.
Geoff Allardice, ICC Chief Executive, lauded Erasmus’s exceptional contributions to the game, highlighting his composure and skill, which earned him respect from colleagues and players alike.
Erasmus’s remarkable journey as an international umpire will be celebrated as he bids farewell to the field, leaving behind a lasting legacy in the cricketing world.
(With inputs from PTI)

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