Former cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen passes away after car crash


  • Rudi Koertzen, the former international cricket umpire, has passed away in a car crash at the age of 73.
  • Koertzen stood in his first international match back in 1992 between India and South Africa at Port Elizabeth.
  • He officiate in 331 international matches, a record that stool tall until he retired in the year 2010.
  • He officiated in international cricket from December 1992 to July 2019, standing in 108 Test matches, 209 ODIs, 14 T20Is and one WT20I.
  • Koertzen stands third in the list of umpires to have stood in the most number of Test matches, behind Aleem Dar and Steve Bucknor.
  • Koertzen became a full-time umpire of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1997 and later became one of the members Elite Panel when it was founded in 2002. 
  • He was only the second umpire after England’s David Shepherd to umpire in 150 ODIs in 2006 and the second umpire after Bucknor to stand in 100 Tests in 2009.