Marais Erasmus calls time on international umpiring career


Veteran South African umpire Marais Erasmus has decided to bid adieu to his illustrious international umpiring career following the ongoing Test series between New Zealand and Australia, with the first Test starting on February 29.

Erasmus’ journey from a first-class cricketer for the Boland cricket team to becoming one of the most respected figures in international cricket umpiring is nothing short of remarkable. Having made his international debut in a T20I between South Africa and Australia in February 2006, Erasmus has officiated in 80 Tests, 124 ODIs, and 43 T20Is for men, along with 18 women’s T20Is over two decades.

Erasmus’s contributions extended beyond the field through mentoring upcoming umpires and officiating domestic cricket in South Africa post-retirement. He won the prestigious David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year three times. With Erasmus’ departure, Adrian Holdstock remains the only South African umpire in the elite panel.

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Erasmus expressed his sentiments regarding his decision, citing a desire for a quieter life away from the demands of international travel.

“I’ll miss the privileges and the traveling, But I’ve had enough of being away and living outside my comfort zone. I think having a more boring life is what I’m looking for.” Erasmus told Cricbuzz on Wednesday (February 28) from Wellington, where the ongoing Test series between New Zealand and Australia is taking place.

However, Erasmus plans to continue contributing through mentoring roles within Cricket South Africa (CSA) and umpiring domestic cricket and his commitment to developing the next generation ensures his influence persists, despite no longer being part of the international circuit.

Reflecting on his career, Erasmus expressed gratitude for opportunities to see legendary players and be part of pivotal moments. His journey from playing first-class cricket to standing in iconic venues and World Cups as an umpire epitomizes passion, dedication, and the pursuit of excellence.

“To have seen the best players and been to the iconic venues and World Cups is a massive privilege. It’s been quite a journey from being a schoolboy who kept score while watching Eddie Barlow play at Newlands,” he said.