Rudi Koertzen, a former international umpire and the inventor of the “slow finger of death” out signal, passed away at the age of 73.
The revered referee, who presided over more than 100 Test matches between 1992 and 2010, was hurt in a South African car accident. According to the family representative, who asked to remain anonymous to Fox Sports, “Rudi Koertzen suffered fatal injuries during an accident near Stilbaai between Cape Town and Gqeberha.”
According to his son Rudi, “My father went to a golf tournament with some buddies, and they were supposed to come back on Monday, but it seems they opted to play another round of golf.”
Jacques Kallis, a legend in the game of cricket in South Africa, tweeted: “Such sad news hearing the loss of umpire Rudi Koertzen. one of the sports gentlemen. Oom Rudi, RIP.
R. I. P Rudi Koertzen.— BCCI (@BCCI) August 9, 2022
The BCCI mourns the loss of one of the finest umpires to have officiated the game of cricket. pic.twitter.com/44Ztdhiioe
Virender Sehwag, a former Indian batter, praised Koertzen for adding a personal touch to his professional officiating. Every time I made a hasty shot, he would chastise me, telling me to “play smart, I want to see your batting,” Sehwag tweeted. A gentleman and a truly nice individual.
Yuvraj Singh expressed his condolences on social media, following his fellow former Indian great Sehwag. He tweeted, “Tragic news of Rudi Koertzen’s unexpected death.” He was a talented person and one of the best umpires the game has ever seen, noted for his astute judgment.
Wasim Akram, a former captain of Pakistan, tweeted: “Saddened to learn of umpire Rudi Koertzen’s tragic passing. We had several good experiences with him both on and off the field. He was an honest and informed umpire. My sincere sympathies go out to the family. RIP.’
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