Monday, April 22, 2024

CSA salutes renowned Umpire Marais Erasmus

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) proudly salutes veteran Marais Erasmus, a distinguished umpire who has officiated at the highest level of the game for the past 18 years, following his international retirement.

Erasmus recently concluded his illustrious career with his final appearance during the second Test between New Zealand and Australia in Christchurch that ended on Monday.

Since making his international debut in 2006, the 60-year-old has gone on to officiate in a remarkable 82 Tests, 124 Men’s One-Day Internationals, 43 Men’s and 18 Women’s T20 Internationals, respectively.

His highlights include standing in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s as well as the 2021 and 2022 ICC T20 Men’s World Cup finals in Dubai and Melbourne.

His commitment to the sport and unwavering professionalism have earned him the title of ICC Umpire of the Year three times.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements, CSA is in discussions with Erasmus to explore opportunities to harness his wealth of experience in the seasons to come for the benefit of the cricketing community.

Reflecting on his retirement, Erasmus said, “It’s been an amazing journey and never did I think it would last 18 years. While you are busy doing this job you don’t think of contributions to officiating- this comes only on reflection when you finish. I’m hoping my success will motivate many South Africans to take up umpiring. It’s a very fulfilling job!”

Erasmus also acknowledged the unwavering support of his family throughout his career, recognising their understanding and encouragement during extended periods away from home.

“My family has provided tremendous support, with my wife Adéle being a pillar of strength, and my sons Chris and Geo growing into remarkable young men. Despite the numerous challenges over the years due to my time away from home, they remained resilient and positive.

CSA Chief Executive Officer Pholetsi Moseki thanked Erasmus for his contribution to cricket, stating, “Marais is an exceptional umpire, drawing on his background as a player to gain valuable insights into the game. He commands great respect, and his connection with today’s players is unparalleled.”

“He has not only been a guardian of fair umpiring but has also played a crucial role in enhancing the spirit of cricket, and on behalf of CSA, I extend my heartfelt gratitude for his invaluable contributions to the game.”

CSA remains committed to promoting excellence in officiating and looks forward to the continued growth of cricket under the guidance of experienced individuals like Marais Erasmus.

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