Cricket umpire Rusere makes history

By ZBC Reporter

Zimbabwean umpire, Langton Rusere has made history after becoming the first black African to officiate in a Test match.

The 35-year-old match official is one of the on-field umpires for the five-day game between Zimbabwe and Pakistan which started this morning at Harare Sports Club.

Rusere will officiate alongside South African umpire, Marais Erasmus while former Zimbabwe international cricketer, Andy Pycroft is the match referee.

Iknow Chabi and Chris Phiri have been appointed as television and fourth umpires.

Rusere has not looked back since his first international match in 2015 before going on to officiate during the 2016 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup and the 2017 Women’s World Cup among other big tournaments.

As his stock continued to rise, Rusere was appointed as one of the on-field umpires for the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 final between Australia and England.

He got his first ever overseas appointment for a bilateral series in February last year after he was appointed to officiate in the three-match ODI series between New Zealand and India.