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Umpiring Maestro Marais Erasmus Announces Retirement From International Cricket
By CricShots - Feb 29, 2024 1:51 pm
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Renowned South African umpire Marais Erasmus has decided to bring the curtain down on his illustrious international umpiring career following the ongoing Test series between New Zealand and Australia, with the first Test commencing on February 29. Erasmus, once a first-class cricketer for the Boland cricket team, has traversed an impressive journey from player to one of the most respected figures in international cricket umpiring.

Marais Erasmus
Marais Erasmus

Making his international debut in a T20I between South Africa and Australia in February 2006, Marais Erasmus has officiated in 80 Tests, 124 ODIs, and 43 T20Is for men, along with 18 women’s T20Is, spanning two decades. Beyond his on-field contributions, Erasmus has played a pivotal role in mentoring upcoming umpires and continued to officiate in domestic cricket in South Africa post-retirement.

A three-time recipient of the prestigious David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year, Erasmus leaves a lasting legacy. With his departure, Adrian Holdstock remains the lone South African umpire in the elite panel. Marais Erasmus shared his sentiments regarding the decision, expressing a desire for a quieter life away from the rigours of international travel.

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“I’ll miss the privileges and the travelling, But I’ve had enough of being away and living outside my comfort zone. I think having a more boring life is what I’m looking for,” Marais Erasmus told Cricbuzz on Wednesday (February 28) from Wellington, where the ongoing Test series between New Zealand and Australia is currently underway.

 

While Erasmus bids adieu to international umpiring, he intends to continue contributing through mentoring roles within Cricket South Africa (CSA) and umpiring domestic cricket. His commitment to developing the next generation ensures that his influence will persist, despite no longer being part of the international circuit.

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Reflecting on his career, Marais Erasmus expressed gratitude for the opportunities to witness legendary players and be part of pivotal moments. His journey, from playing first-class cricket to standing in iconic venues and World Cups as an umpire, exemplifies passion, dedication, and the pursuit of excellence.

“To have seen the best players and been to the iconic venues and World Cups is a massive privilege. It’s been quite a journey from being a schoolboy who kept score while watching Eddie Barlow play at Newlands,” he remarked.