Koertzen is Africa’s Regional Umpire Performance Manager

Last Updated: Jul 28, 2010, 23:28 PM IST

Dubai: Retired South African umpire Rudi Koertzen has been appointed as the Regional Umpire Performance Manager (RUPM) for the Africa region by the International Cricket Council (ICC) here today.

The record-holding umpire, who tired after officiating at the final Test between Pakistan and Australia in Leeds, will now manage performance, support and coach the Elite Panel and International Panel umpires within his region as well as those umpires visiting his region to officiate.

Koertzen will also work closely with the home board umpire managers of the Full Member boards of Cricket South Africa and Zimbabwe Cricket as well as the ICC Africa regional office to support the emerging umpires in Africa.

“It is a great honour to be able to give back to international cricket and to be able to share my experience and knowledge with umpires at all levels within the Africa region,” said Koertzen on his appointment.

“I look forward to contributing to the improvement of officiating in the region and working alongside all those involved in this. I am delighted to be given this opportunity of continuing to be part of this wonderful game and the wonderful profession of umpiring,” he added.

PTI