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


NEW DELHI: Veteran South African umpire Marais Erasmus has announced his retirement from international umpiring following the ongoing Test series between New Zealand and Australia.
Erasmus, who previously played as a seam-bowling all-rounder for Boland in South Africa’s domestic cricket, transitioned to umpiring at the international level in 2006.
His illustrious career has seen him officiate in 80 Tests, 124 ODIs, and 43 T20Is involving men’s teams, along with overseeing 18 women’s T20Is and serving as the TV umpire in 131 men’s internationals across various formats.
“I’ll miss the privileges and the travelling. But I’ve had enough of being away and living outside of my comfort zone. I think having a more boring life is what I’m looking for. I decided in October last year and I informed the ICC that I would finish my contract in April and that would be that,” Erasmus told Cricbuzz.
Erasmus won the ICC Umpire of the Year award thrice — in 2016, 2017, and 2021, leveling alongside Richard Kettleborough and Aleem Dar in a list topped by Simon Taufel, who got the honour five times. He joined the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires from 2010.
Asked about his plans after retiring from international umpiring, Erasmus said, “For the first couple of months I’m just going to take the winter off. We have some travel planned domestically, and from September I’ll be in the hands of CSA.
“We still need to finalise how they want to use me. I’ll umpire in domestic cricket next season and play a mentoring role. I might go to the Khaya Majola Week (a schools event) or the club championships, and I’ll be watching and advising umpires.”
Erasmus also spoke about what he would miss the most about being an umpire in international cricket. “The challenge of the job, being in that moment of trying to get it right. That’s always something special and tough, and it’s exhilarating when you have a good game.
“There’s lots of camaraderie, because we’re all in it together even though there’s competition between the guys. We all understand the highs and the lows, and that when someone is going through a rough period you need to support him because your turn will come.
“To have seen the best players and been to the iconic venues and World Cups is a massive privilege. It’s been quite a journey from being a schoolboy who kept score while watching Eddie Barlow play at Newlands.”
(With inputs from IANS)


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