Zimbabwean cricket umpire Rusere marks another milestone in SA Boxing Day Test match against India


PRETORIA, South Africa – Zimbabwean cricket umpire Langton Rusere has etched his name in the annals of cricket history as he was appointed on-field umpire for the Test match between South Africa and India at SuperSport Park in Centurion which began today, marking another milestone in his illustrious career.

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Rusere, the first black Zimbabwean and African to stand in a Test match, shares the on-field duties with Australia's Paul Reiffel. 

His journey to this momentous occasion began with his debut as a Test match official on April 29, 2021, in a match between Zimbabwe and Pakistan in Harare. Since then, he has officiated in eight Test matches.

His experience extends beyond Test cricket. Rusere made his debut in the Twenty20 International (T20I) arena in a match between Zimbabwe and India on July 19, 2015. 

He followed this up with his first One Day International (ODI) match between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan on October 24, 2015. To date, he has been a match umpire in 34 ODIs and 56 T20Is.

In June 2023, Rusere's consistent performance was recognized when he was included on the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s Emerging Panel, just one level below the prestigious ICC Elite Panel of Umpires.

Rusere's portfolio also boasts of officiating at major competitions such as the Men’s T20 World Cup, the ICC Women’s World Cup, and the Women’s T20 World Cup.

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