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Koertzen breaks umpiring record

23 April, 2007

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BARBADOS: South African Rudi Koertzen has set a new umpiring record by standing in his 173rd one-day international.

Koertzen beat David Shepherd's career total of 172 in Saturday's World Cup match between West Indies and England.

He has been an international umpire since 1992 and has also stood in 80 Test matches.

"Rudi's achievement is testament to his remarkable consistency and enormous ability as a decision-maker," said ICC Umpires Manager Doug Cowie.

"He has proved himself to be unyielding, resilient, dependable, loyal and dedicated, all qualities that are needed to make it to the top of his profession.

"Apart from his decision-making qualities, Rudi has developed a wonderful rapport with players and he has shown himself over the years to be a top professional."

The current World Cup is Koertzen's third but his chances of being appointed for the final for the first time will depend on South Africa losing to Australia in next week's semi-final.

All World Cup matches are umpired by neutral officials.

MOST ODI APPEARANCES BY UMPIRES (at 21 April) .

R Koertzen (SA) 173

D Shepherd (Eng) 172

S Bucknor (WI) 161

D Harper (Aus) 141

D Hair (Aus) 131


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