Former Umpire Rudi Koertzen Dies in a Car Crash

Former Umpire Rudi Koertzen Dies in a Car Crash

Former South African Umpire Rudi Koertzen recently passed away due to a car accident. Known and respected in the cricket world, Koertzen is a prominent umpire in the world with his presence in various international tournaments. He officiated his first game at Port Elizabeth between South Africa and India.

Rudi Koertzen made his Test debut in 1992 with India and South Africa. He has been a part of 209 ODI and 14 T20 games, but all-time career high was the 1999 World Cup between England and Sri Lanka. He wasn’t alone, and three other people were met with the accident. It happened on Tuesday in South Africa’s Riverdale.

Rudi was returning to Nelson Mandela Bay from Cape Town after playing golf that weekend. The 74 years old died due to the impact caused by the crash. His son Rudi Koertzen Jr. said, “He went on a golf tournament with some of his friends, and they were expected to come back on Monday, but it seems they decided to play another round of golf.”

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Rudi Koertzen

Former Umpire Rudi Koertzen Dies in a Car Crash

Rudi Koerthzen in a past interview with Star Sports and discussed his health and cricket. “This morning I thought I will have a nice and easy day. However, they started putting pressure on me to see if the old guy could handle it. That’s cricket. It’s an amazing sport, and I was so honoured to be part of it and I’ll definitely miss it. I am really looking forward to retirement. I’ve got a few things lined up but I am looking forward to taking a break and spending time with my family.”

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