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Rudi Koertzen, former South African cricket referee, killed in car accident

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Former South African international Rudi Koertzen was killed in a car accident near Riversdale on Tuesday morning, a local website reported. (More cricket news)

He was 73.

Koertzen leaves behind his wife and four children.

Koertzen was one of the most respected umpires in world cricket from the late 1990s to 2010 and officiated in nearly 400 international matches.

“World famous cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen and three other people were killed in a head-on collision near Riversdale on Tuesday morning. Koertzen, 73, from Despatch in Nelson Mandela Bay was on his way home from Cape Town after a golfing weekend.” , reports Algoa FM News.

The son of the former umpire, Rudi Koertzen Jr, confirmed the tragic news.

“He went to a golf tournament with some of his friends, and they were supposed to be back on Monday, but it looks like they decided to play another round of golf,” Koertzen Jr. said. to the website.

Koertzen was inducted into the ICC’s Elite Panel in 2002 and served on it for eight years.

During his tenure, he acted as a referee on the field and on TV in a staggering 397 games, including 128 exhibition games, a record 250 ODIs and 19 T20 Internationals.

He also had his share of controversies, including going ahead with the 2007 ODI World Cup final between Sri Lanka and Australia in near darkness due to a misinterpretation of the rule, which saw the ICC fail to give him any orders during the inaugural World T20 , which was held in his home country in 2007.

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