Rudi Koertzen Death, Obituary – Former South Africa-born cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen passed away after a fatal car accident on Tuesday, August 9. Koertzen, aged 73, was on his way back home from Cape Town to his residence at Despatch in Nelson Mandela Bay after a golf weekend, when he met with the accident in the Riversdale area. He was one of the game’s highly respected umpires, having served in nearly 400 international matches. Koertzen officiated as a field umpire in 108 Tests, 209 ODIs, and 14 T20Is totaling it 331, with only Aleem Dar exceeding those numbers in Tests, ODIs, and all international cricket to date. He also served as the Television umpire in 20 Tests, 41 ODIs, and five T20Is in an umpiring career spanning nearly two decades (1992-2010).
He had his unique style of umpiring – the slow rise of the dreaded finger being the most remembered sight to rule the batsman out – with the hat occasionally being replaced by a white cap, with the sunglasses being more or less constant. He stood in a number of high-profile tournaments, like the 2005 Ashes series, the 2003 and 2007 Cricket World Cups, wherein he officiated as an on-field umpire in the semi-finals and as the third umpire in the finals, and the ICC Champions Trophy 2004 and 2006, wherein he stood as one of the on-field umpires in the finals. His misinterpretation of rules regarding bad light in 2007 finally led to him being banned for the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup later in the year, though he made it to the next edition in England in 2009
He was one of the four umpires in the ICC SuperSeries, played between the then World Champions Australia and the World XI in 2005, alongside Simon Taufel, Aleem Dar, and Darrell Hair.
He announced his retirement from international umpiring in 2010. His last recognized game as an umpire was the penultimate league game of the IPL 2011 played between the eventual finalists Chennai Super Kings and the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium. The South African cricket team will wear black bands in honor of one of the game’s leading match officials during their four-day practice match against the England Lions at St. Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, beginning Tuesday, August 9.
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