Rudi Koertzen: Former South Africa international referee dies aged 73 | Cricket News

South African referee Rudi Koertzen played 108 test matches and 209 one-day internationals between 1992 and 2010, as well as 14 T20 internationals during his career.

Last update: 22/08/09 14:38

Former international cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen has died aged 73.

The respected official, who took charge of more than 100 Test matches between 1992 and 2010, was involved in a road accident in South Africa, according to local reports.

South Africa wore black armbands on the opening day of their tour match against the England Lions at Canterbury.

The MCC led the way with words of praise for the beloved referee, a popular and admired figure in the sport.

“MCC is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Honorary Life Member and former umpire Rudi Koertzen,” he tweeted.

“Our thoughts are with his friends and family.”

Former Indian striker Virender Sehwag hailed Koertzen’s personal touch amid his concentrated officiating.

“Whenever I played a reckless shot he would scold me saying ‘play sensibly I want to watch your hitter,'” Sehwag tweeted. “A gentleman and a very wonderful person.”

Yuvraj Singh followed fellow former Indian star Sehwag in offering his condolences on social media.

“The tragic news of the sudden passing of Rudi Koertzen,” he tweeted.

“He was a gifted individual and one of the best referees in the game, known for his sharp decision-making abilities.

“My deepest condolences to his family and supporters.”

Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara posted: “Saddened by the tragic loss of Rudi Koertzen. What a wonderful friend and referee. Honest, straight forward and loved the game. I shared several beers in the bar talking about cricket with him. RIP my friend.”

Former Pakistani bowler and coach Waqar Younis wrote: “RIP to one of the best referees in the world, Rudi Koertzen.

“I always loved bowling from him. Condolences to family and friends #RipRudi”

Former Pakistani captain Wasim Akram tweeted: “Saddened to hear of the sudden passing of referee Rudi Koertzen. He was an outspoken and capable referee, shared wonderful times with him on and off the pitch. My sincere regards condolences to the family. RIP.”

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