Zimbabwe’s Langton Rusere becomes first black African umpire to stand in a Test match

30 April 2021 - 14:45 By Sharon Mazingaizo
Umpire Langton Rusere, centre, tries to calm Brendon McCullum, right, of Trinbago Knight Riders and Imran Tahir of Guyana Amazon Warriors during match 30 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League at Guyana National Stadium on September 9 2018 in Providence, Guyana.
Umpire Langton Rusere, centre, tries to calm Brendon McCullum, right, of Trinbago Knight Riders and Imran Tahir of Guyana Amazon Warriors during match 30 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League at Guyana National Stadium on September 9 2018 in Providence, Guyana.
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Zimbabwe cricket umpire Langton Rusere has made history by becoming the first black African to stand in a Test match.

The 35-year-old is one of the on-field umpires for the five-day game between Zimbabwe and Pakistan that started on Thursday at Harare Sports Club. Rusere will be standing in this Test with South African umpire Marais Erasmus.

Rusere’s first international match was a Twenty20 international between Zimbabwe and India at Harare Sports Club on July 19 2015. 

Zimbabwe Cricket said Rusere “has not looked back since he stood in his first international match”.

“Three months later‚ he made his one-day international (ODI) bow in the match between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on October 24 2015.”

Rusere went on to officiate at the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016 in Bangladesh and the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 in England.

He was appointed as one of the on-field umpires for the ICC Women’s World T20 final between Australia and England in Antigua in 2018. Rusere also stood in the semifinal between Australia and the West Indies at the same venue.

In February last year‚ he got his first overseas appointment for a bilateral series after he was appointed to officiate in the three-match ODI series between New Zealand and India.


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