ZIMBABWEAN cricket umpire Langton Rusere has been appointed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) among 16 umpires and four match referees that will officiate the Round 1 and Super 12 stages of the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
Rusere made history when he became cricket’s first black African to umpire a Test match in April this year. The 35-year-old was one of the on-field umpires for the five-day game between Zimbabwe and Pakistan a few months ago at the Harare Sports Club.
Rusere’s first international match as an umpire was a Twenty20 when hosts Zimbabwe played against India in Harare on 19 July 2015.
Three months later, he made his one-day international (ODI) bow as Zimbabwe took on Afghanistan in Bulawayo.
After that he went on to officiate at the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016 in Bangladesh and the 2017 Women’s World Cup 2017 staged in England. The highlight of his career so far was being appointed as one of the on-field umpires for the Women’s World T20 final in 2018 between Australia and England in Antigua.
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.
The latest appointment was announced by ICC for the 16-team tournament, running from 17 October to 14 November.
Full list of match officials
Match Referees: David Boon, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Javagal Srinath.
Umpires: Chris Brown, Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Michael Gough, Adrian
Holdstock, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nitin Menon, Ahsan Raza, Paul Reiffel, Langton Rusere,
Rod Tucker, Joel Wilson, Paul Wilson.