Leeds: Record-holding umpire Rudi Koertzen from South Africa will officiate in his final Test match today when Pakistan take on Australia in the MCC Spirit of Cricket Test match at Headingley, Leeds, bringing an end to an illustrious umpiring career.
The 61-year-old has stood in 108 Tests, a record 209 ODIs and 14 T20's.
Rudolf Eric Koertzen, commonly known as Rudi Koertzen, born on March 26, 1949 in Knysna, Cape Province, made his international ODI debut on December 9, 1992 in a match between South Africa and India at Port Elizabeth and three weeks later at the same venue and between the same opponents stood in his first Test match.
He became a full-time ICC umpire in 1997, and was one of the original members of the Emirates ICC Elite umpire panel when it was founded in 2002.
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “We owe a debt of gratitude to Rudi for his hard work and effort throughout his career as an international umpire
“He is one of the most highly respected umpires of the game and we wish him the best of luck in his final Test tomorrow. It is somewhat fitting that Rudi"s final appointment before retiring from the Elite Panel is to officiate in the pinnacle of our great sport, Test cricket."
Vincent van der Bijl, the ICC Umpires and Referees manager, added: “Rudi can be proud of the respect and affection that he has generated among his fellow umpires as well as captains, players and administrators alike. We all applaud him for his professionalism, integrity and for being such a fine team player in the officiating ranks. His character, warmth and sheer love of cricket will remain with us and be a beacon for those who follow.
“We hope that the Headingley crowd give Rudi the reception that his outstanding career deserves. He is special and he will be remembered as one of the greats of the umpiring fraternity."