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Marais Erasmus Retirement: South African umpire Marais Erasmus, renowned for his exceptional career spanning over two decades, has announced his retirement from the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires. The announcement comes as Erasmus prepares to officiate in the second and final Test between New Zealand and Australia, commencing on Friday.

Erasmus, whose illustrious career as an umpire began in 2006, has left an indelible mark on international cricket. Notably, he clinched the prestigious David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year in 2016, 2017, and 2021, underscoring his consistent excellence and impact on the sport.

Erasmus officiated in 123 Men’s ODIs, 43 Men’s T20Is, and 18 Women’s T20Is, showcasing his expertise across different formats. His legacy extends to overseeing iconic finals in various global ICC tournaments, including ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, ICC Men’s Champions Trophy tournaments, and ICC Men’s T20 World Cups.

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Geoff Allardice, ICC Chief Executive, praised Erasmus for his outstanding career, emphasizing his professionalism, composure, and significant contributions to the sport. Allardice highlighted Erasmus’ respected position within the ICC and on the Elite panel, lauding his unwavering dedication and impact on the game.

During his tenure on the Elite Panel, Erasmus conveyed his appreciation to the ICC, Cricket South Africa (CSA), his colleagues, reminiscing about cherished moments. He thanked his wife, Adéle, and his family for their unwavering support throughout his career, demonstrating the profound personal impact of his journey.

Umpire Rod Tucker expressed appreciation for Erasmus, describing him as a calming presence on and off the field. Tucker, speaking on behalf of the Elite Panel, lauded Erasmus for his character and influence, emphasizing the deep respect and camaraderie that defined their professional relationship.

Marais Erasmus Retirement

Erasmus’ retirement marks the end of an era in international umpiring, leaving behind a legacy that has had a profound impact on the sport, in various global ICC tournaments. His pivotal role in four ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, two ICC Men’s Champions Trophy tournaments, and seven ICC Men’s T20 World Cups is a testament to his enduring influence on the grandest stages of cricket.

As Erasmus bids adieu to his role on the Elite Panel, the cricketing community acknowledges his unparalleled contributions and looks forward to his continued involvement in shaping the future of the sport.

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