Rusere criticises ICC’s elite panel of referees

Experienced Zimbabwean cricket umpire Langton Rusere continues to make waves on the international stage by officiating in high-profile games, including at the ongoing International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 in the United States and West Indies.

Rusere, who sits on the ICC’s Emerging Panel, made history in 2021 as the first black African umpire to officiate a Test match.

His steady rise through the ranks led to him being selected as one of the referees for the prestigious T20 World Cup, proving that he had what it takes to officiate at the highest level of the sport.

During the match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Group 1 of the Super 8 tournament, Rusere had a notable moment in the spotlight.

He teamed up with Indian umpire Nitin Menon and demonstrated his keen eye for detail and uncompromising adherence to the laws of the game.

In a match in which Afghanistan earned a historic semi-final berth at Australia’s expense, Rusere made his presence felt, imposing his authority when he and his fellow officials accused Afghan captain Rashid Khan of violating the ICC Code of Conduct.

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Khan’s inappropriate behavior, in throwing his bat after his batting partner refused to take a second run, was quickly punished.

The all-rounder received an official reprimand and a demerit point.

Rusere’s ability to maintain composure and make tough decisions under pressure has not gone unnoticed.

His recent assignments have included high-profile matches such as England vs Oman T20I and Netherlands vs Nepal T20I.

Rusere’s journey to the international stage began from humble beginnings refereeing national league matches in Zimbabwe in 2006.

He has risen steadily through the ranks, making his professional debut in a provincial one-day match in 2009 and his first regional appearance in South Africa’s provincial T20 competition in 2014.

Her senior debut came in a match between Zimbabwe and India later that year and since then, she has officiated in major cricket tournaments including the Men’s T20 World Cup, ICC Women’s World Cup and Women’s T20 World Cup.

Rusere’s appointment to the ICC Emerging Panel in June 2023, just one level below the distinguished ICC Elite Panel of Umpires, shows that his exceptional skills are being recognised.

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