Rudi Koertzen, former international cricket umpire dies aged 73
Rudi Koertzen former international cricket umpire ages 73 died in a car accident on his way back to home from Cape Town. The former South African Umpire who was part of the ICC’s elite list of umpires. Koertzen went by the nickname “Slow Death” because of the amount of time he took to give the batsman out.
He officiated 331 international matches which includes 209 ODI’s and one of the three umpires who officiated more than 100 test. He made his international debut in 1992-93 India’s tour of South Africa and retired after a Test between Australia and Pakistan in Leeds, England in 2010.
After retiring from international umpiring he published a book Slow death:Memoirs of a Cricket Umpire in which he addresses the controversial 2007 World Cup final between Australia and Srilanka. Due to wrong interpretation of rule decided to continue the play in near darkness which forced ICC not to give any assignment to him in inaugral ICC T20 World Cup which held in South Africa.
“My father went to a Golf tournament with some friends and they were expected to come back on Monday , but it seems they decided to play another round of Golf” his son Rudi told.