Rusere Becomes First Black African to Officiate as On-Field Umpire in Tests
On 29 April, Langton Rusere, the umpire from Zimbabwe, made history when he became the first Black African to officiate as an on-field umpire in a Test match. Thirty-five-year-old Rusere was one of two on-field umpires – along with Marais Erasmus of South Africa – to officiate in the 1st Test between Zimbabwe and Pakistan.
First On-Field International Experience in 2015
Rusere stood as an on-field umpire for the first time back in July 2015 when Zimbabwe and India met in a T20I in Harare. He was the on-field umpire in an ODI for the first time in October 2015 when Zimbabwe faced off against Afghanistan in Bulawayo. He has had previous experience officiating in Test matches as a TV umpire and reserve umpire.
Rusere’s Past Experience
TV Umpire in Test Matches
Langton Rusere has officiated as TV umpire in three Test matches. He got his first opportunity in July 2016 in the first Test of a series on New Zealand’s tour of Zimbabwe at the Queens Sports Club ground in Bulawayo. When Sri Lanka toured Zimbabwe in January 2020, Rusere was appointed TV umpire for the first and second Test matches played at the Harare Sports Club ground in Harare.
Reserve Umpire in Test Matches
In August 2016, Rusere was the reserve umpire in the 2nd Test of a series on New Zealand’s tour of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. Two months later, he was appointed reserve umpire at the same venue for the 1st Test of a series on West Indies’s tour of Zimbabwe.
Umpire in ODI Matches
Rusere has had his largest umpiring experience in ODI matches. He has officiated in 14 ODI games starting with the 5th match of a series played in Bulawayo on Afghanistan’s tour of Zimbabwe in October 2015. Thereafter, Langton has officiated in Zimbabwe’s ODI matches against India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, the UAE and Pakistan. Rusere also officiated in three matches in the 2017/18 ICC World Cup Qualifiers. He last umpired an ODI in February 2020 in Mount Maunganui in the 3rd match of a series on India’s tour of New Zealand. He had earlier also officiated in the first game of the series at Seddon Park, Hamilton.
TV Umpire in ODI Matches
Rusere has officiated as TV umpire in 15 ODIs beginning with the 1st ODI between Zimbabwe and India in Harare on India’s tour of Zimbabwe in July 2015. His last ODI as a TV umpire was the 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand in Auckland on India’s tour of New Zealand in February 2020.
Reserve Umpire in ODIs
Rusere has also worked as a reserve umpire in 28 ODIs, beginning with 1st ODI between Zimbabwe and Kenya in Harare in October 2009. His last ODI as a reserve umpire was the 2nd ODI of a series between Zimbabwe and the UAE in Harare in April 2019.
Umpiring experience in T20Is
Rusere has also had vast T20I umpiring experience as an on-field umpire in 15 T20Is, as a TV umpire in 6 matches and as a reserve umpire in eight.
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