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Marais Erasmus: A Cricket Umpiring Legend Retires

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Marais Erasmus, a seasoned umpire, has had an illustrious career spanning 18 years at the highest echelons of the game, earning admiration from Cricket South Africa (CSA). Erasmus recently concluded his incredible journey with his final appearance in the second Test between New Zealand and Australia in Christchurch.


Having made his international debut in 2006, the seasoned official has overseen a remarkable 82 Tests, 124 Men's One-Day Internationals, and 43 Men's and 18 Women’s T20 Internationals. He has experience covering major events such as the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s and the 2021 and 2022 ICC T20 Men’s World Cup finals in Dubai and Melbourne.

Erasmus has been recognized as the ICC Umpire of the Year three times, showcasing his outstanding skill and dedication to fair play.

CSA is currently in talks with Erasmus to potentially leverage his extensive experience for the betterment of the cricketing community moving forward, in light of his remarkable accomplishments.

Looking back on his retirement, Erasmus said, "It's been an incredible journey, and I never imagined it would span 18 years." When focused on your work, thoughts about contributions to officiating only arise upon reflection after completion. Hoping for success to inspire many South Africans to pursue umpiring. Being in this role is incredibly rewarding!

Erasmus also thanked his family for their constant support throughout his career, recognizing their understanding and encouragement during long periods away from home.

"My family has been incredibly supportive, with my wife Adéle being a source of strength, and my sons Chris and Geo developing into outstanding young men." Despite facing several challenges over the years because of being away from home, they stayed strong and optimistic.

The CSA Chief Executive Officer expressed gratitude to Erasmus for his valuable contribution to cricket, highlighting Marais' exceptional umpiring skills and unique perspective gained from his experience as a player. He is highly respected and has an unmatched connection with today's players.

"He has not only been a guardian of fair umpiring but has also played a crucial role in enhancing the spirit of cricket, and on behalf of CSA, I extend my heartfelt gratitude for his invaluable contributions to the game."

CSA is dedicated to promoting excellence in officiating and is excited about the ongoing development of cricket with the leadership of experienced individuals such as Marais Erasmus.

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[Submitted by Kevin Rademeyer]

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