In a sad news for the cricketing world, legendary South African umpire Rudi Koertzen passed away on Tuesday (August 9) in an accident.
Koertzen’s son informed that his father was returning to his home from Cape Town after playing golf in the weekend when the accident happened. Three other people also lost their lives in the car crash that took place on Tuesday morning.
Koertzen, who breathed his last aged 73, was respected by cricketers across the globe. He held the record for officiating in most international matches (331), which was later broken by Pakistan’s Aleem Dar.
As soon as the sad news surfaced, leading names of world cricket took to Twitter to mourn the demise and offered their condolences to the Koertzen family.
Here are the reactions:
Rudi Koertzen was among the three umpires along with Aleem Dar and West Indies’ Steve Bucknor to officiate in over 100 Test matches.
He had also performed the role of a third umpire in the 2003 and 2007 World Cup finals. He brought curtains on his umpiring career back in 2010.