Marais Erasmus to retire from international cricket umpiring after Australia-New Zealand Tests | Cricket News


New Delhi: Experienced South African umpire marais erasmus Has announced his retirement from international umpiring after the ongoing Test series between New Zealand and Australia.
Erasmus, who previously played as a seam-bowling all-rounder for Boland in South African domestic cricket, turned to umpiring at international level in 2006.
His illustrious career has seen him officiate in 80 Tests, 124 ODIs and 43 T20Is involving men's teams, as well as overseeing 18 women's T20Is and acting as a TV umpire in 131 men's international matches across various formats. Have done.
“I'll miss the privileges and the travel. But I've had enough of being away and being out of my comfort zone. I think I want to live a more boring life. I made this decision in October last year and have been on the sidelines since 2015,” Erasmus told Cricbuzz. “I have informed the ICC that I will terminate my contract in April and that will be that.
Erasmus won the ICC Umpire of the Year award three times – in 2016, 2017 and 2021, equaling Simon Taufel's list with Richard Kettleborough and Aleem Dar, who received the honor five times. He joined the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires since 2010.
Asked about his plans after retiring from international umpiring, Erasmus said, “For the first few months I'm going to take a winter break. We've planned some travel domestically and from September I'll be joining CSA. Will be in your hands.” ,
“We still need to finalize how they want to use me. I will be umpiring in domestic cricket next season and playing an advisory role. I could go to Khaya Majola Week (a school event) or club championships And I keep an eye on the umpires and advise them.”
Erasmus also revealed what he will miss most about being an umpire in international cricket. “The challenge of the job, trying to get it right in that moment. It's always something special and difficult, and it's exhilarating when you have a good game.
“There's a lot of camaraderie, because even though there's competition between people, we're all together. We all understand the ups and downs, and when someone is going through a tough time you need to support them because it's your turn to come.
“Watching the best players and going to prestigious venues and the World Cup is a huge privilege. It's been quite a journey from being a schoolboy to keeping score watching Eddie Barlow play at Newlands.”
(With inputs from IANS)

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