ICC condoles death of former umpire Rudy Koertzen
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed grief over the passing away of former ICC Elite Panel umpire Rudy Koertzen. Koertzen, 73, who officiated in 331 international matches in his career from 1992 to 2010, died in a car accident in South Africa on Tuesday. ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardyce remembered him as a highly professional umpire who was respected by colleagues and players alike.
ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardyce said, Rudy was one of the best umpires of his generation and players had great respect for him. He said Koertzen umpired in international games for nearly two decades, and during this time ICC entrusted with some of the biggest matches. Rudy was also very popular among his contemporaries and was always ready to help, he said, Rudy's contribution to cricket will be remembered for years to come. Geoff extended condolences to his family and friends on his sad demise.
Koertzen has officiated in 108 Test matches, 209 ODIs and 14 T20 matches. He was the TV umpire for the finals of the 2003 and 2007 ICC Men's Cricket World Cups and the on-field umpire for the finals of the 2004 and 2006 ICC Champions Trophy tournaments. He was also the fourth umpire for the 2010 ICC Men's T20 World Cup final in Bridgetown.Koertzen was the first umpire to officiate in 200 ODIs and the second Test umpire after Steve Bucknor to stand in 100 matches.