Umpire Rusere Now The World’s Best

Zimbabwe cricket umpire, Langton Rusere, is now considered by the International
Cricket Council as one of the ‘’best match officials,’’ in the world.

He will fly the country’s flag, at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, in Oman and the United Arab Emirates, from next week.

The Chevrons will not be part of the jamboree.

“ICC today announced the appointments for Round One matches, and the Super 12
phase of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, comprising 20 of the best match officials from around the world, ’’ the ICC said, in a statement.

“The 16 umpires and four match referees, finalised for the 45-match tournament,
include three umpires who will be officiating in their sixth ICC Men’s T20 World Cups– Aleem Dar, Marais Erasmus and Rod Tucker.

“A 20-strong group means that, for the first time since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be neutral umpires for all matches of the 16-team tournament, being played in Muscat (Oman), Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai (UAE) from 17 October to 14 November.’’

This will be the first time for Rusere, to take part, in the biennial tournament.
He will get a feel of the event, during the warm-up games, which get underway, next Tuesday. Rusere’s first on-field assignment will come on October 18, when he stands in the middle with Englishman Simon Gough, for the game between New Zealand and West Indies in Abu Dhabi.

The 36-year-old continues to scale heights, since he made his bow in international
cricket six years ago, in the T20I, between Zimbabwe and India.

After making his mark, at the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016 in Bangladesh, he went on to do duty, at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, in England.

As his stock continued to rise, he was appointed as one of the on-field umpires, for the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 final, between Australia and England, at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, in November 2018.

Rusere had also stood in the semi-final, between Australia and the West Indies, at the same venue.

In February last year, he got his first overseas appointment, for a bilateral series, after he was appointed to officiate in the three-match ODI series, between New Zealand and India.

He made history in April this year, when he became the first black African umpire, to stand in a Test match, when Zimbabwe hosted Pakistan, at Harare Sports Club.
The ICC yesterday named four referees – David Boon, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle
and Javagal Srinath – for the upcoming World Cup.

ICC senior manager responsible for Umpires and Referees, Adrian Griffith, said this
group of officials were among the best, in the game.

“We are delighted to be able to call on some of the world’s top officials for the ICC
Men’s T20 World Cup, with a group of 16 umpires, and four match referees.
“Our aim is always to appoint the best possible officials, and we have also been able to appoint neutral umpires and referees, in all matches.

“We wish them all the very best and we are confident they will ensure the smooth
conduct of matches.”

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena, who was one of the on-field umpires for the final of
the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, will be in the middle for the first match of the tournament, when Oman take on Papua New Guinea, alongside New Zealander Chris Gaffaney. Another Sri Lankan, Ranjan Madugalle, will be the match referee, with Richard Kettleborough the TV umpire, and Ahsan Raza the fourth official.

Dar and Erasmus have been selected for the Super 12 clash between England and the West Indies, a rematch of the last ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final, in 2016.

Boon, the Australian great, will be the match referee, for that encounter, with Chris
Brown, appearing in his first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, on TV duty.

Match Officials at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021
Match Referees: David Boon, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Javagal Srinath.
Umpires: Chris Brown, Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris
Gaffaney, Michael Gough, Adrian Holdstock, Richard Illingworth, Richard
Kettleborough, Nitin Menon, Ahsan Raza, Paul Reiffel, Langton Rusere, Rod Tucker,
Joel Wilson, Paul Wilson. -TheHerald