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ICC Bids Farewell to Umpiring Stalwart Marais Erasmus

Marais Erasmus

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has extended heartfelt congratulations to Marais Erasmus, the esteemed South African umpire, as he bids farewell to his illustrious career. Erasmus, who has been a stalwart in the cricketing world, retires from the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires after the conclusion of the second and final Test match between New Zealand and Australia, set to commence this Friday.

A Remarkable Journey of Marais Erasmus

Marais Erasmus has left an indelible mark on the game of cricket. His journey has been one of unwavering dedication, precision, and grace. Let’s delve into the highlights of his remarkable career:

  1. Umpire of the Year: Erasmus clinched the prestigious David Shepherd Trophy for the ICC Umpire of the Year not once, but thrice – in 2016, 2017, and 2021. This accolade reflects his consistent excellence and unwavering commitment to fair play.
  2. Global Tournaments: Erasmus graced the grand stages of international cricket, officiating in numerous global ICC tournaments. From World Cup finals to high-profile series across the globe, he maintained his poise, skill, and composure even in the most challenging situations.
  3. Test Matches: The upcoming Test match in Christchurch will mark Erasmus’s 82nd Men’s Test match appearance. His presence on the field has been synonymous with integrity and precision.
  4. ODIs and T20Is: Beyond Test cricket, Erasmus lent his expertise to 123 Men’s ODIs43 Men’s T20Is, and 18 Women’s T20Is. His ability to adjudicate with fairness and clarity resonated with players, fans, and fellow officials alike.

Words of Praise

ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice lauded Erasmus’s exceptional career:

“Marais has had an outstanding career as an international umpire. He has officiated in many global ICC tournaments, including World Cup finals, as well as high-profile series all over the world. His skill, calmness, and composure have been unwavering, even in the most challenging of situations. Marais not only excelled as an umpire but also contributed to the spirit of the game.”

Farewell and Gratitude

As Erasmus steps away from the Elite Panel, he reflects on his journey:

“I have had a wonderful time on the Elite Panel, officiating in some top-class matches around the world and in global ICC events. While I will miss being on the panel and the challenges that come with it, I feel it is time for me to step away and look to contribute to the game in some other way.”

Erasmus expressed gratitude to the ICC, Cricket South Africa (CSA), and his colleagues for their unwavering support. He also thanked his family for standing by him throughout this incredible journey.

Fellow umpire Rod Tucker shared heartfelt sentiments:

“Marais epitomizes what the Elite Panel is supposed to be. His calming presence both on and off the field has left an indelible impression. We wish him all the best for the future.”

As Marais Erasmus hangs up his umpiring hat, cricket enthusiasts worldwide salute his legacy and eagerly await his continued contributions to the game. Farewell, Marais Erasmus – your impact will resonate through the annals of cricketing history. 🏏👏

ICC Media Release

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