New Delhi: Rudi Koertzen, a former South African umpire, was killed in an accident on Tuesday, August 9. He was 73 years old. According to sources, the crash that killed Koertzen and three other people occurred in a place called Riverdale in South Africa.
After playing golf over the weekend, Koertzen was travelling from Cape Town to his house in Despatch, near Nelson Mandela Bay. It was revealed by Rudi Koertzen Jr., the late umpire’s son.
Koertzen Jr. was quoted on Algoa FM News as saying, “He went on a golf tournament with several of his friends, and they were due to return back on Monday, but it seems they decided to play another round of golf.”
Rudy Koertzen started his umpiring journey in 1981, and during India’s tour of South Africa in 1992, he had his first opportunity to officiate in an international game.
At the age of 43, Koertzen officiated the first Test in Port Elizabeth. He was selected as a full-time umpire by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1992. He never looked back after becoming the second umpire to stand in 100 Tests and 200 ODIs.
In 2003 and 2007, Koertzen had the distinction of being the third umpire in the World Cup finals. He officiated his last Test match way back in 2010.