BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
ZIMBABWE’S Langton Rusere has been named on the list of cricket umpires who will officiate at the upcoming T20 World Cup to be played in Muscat (Oman), Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai (UAE) from October 17 to November 14.
The International Cricket Council on Thursday announced the appointments for round one matches and the Super 12 phase of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, comprising 20 of the best match officials from around the world.
The 16 umpires and four match referees finalised for the 45-match tournament include three umpires who will be officiating in their sixth ICC Men’s T20 World Cups — Sri Lanka’s Aleem Dar, South African Marais Erasmus and Rod Tucker from Australia.
A 20-strong group means that for the first time since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be neutral umpires for all matches of the 16-team tournament.
Rusere has seen his stock rise in world cricket and recently became the first black African to stand in a Test match.
The gifted umpire has not looked back since he stood in his first international match, the Twenty20 international between Zimbabwe and India at Harare Sports Club, on July 19, 2015.
Three months later, he made his one-day international (ODI) bow in the match between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, on October 24, 2015.
After making his mark at the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016 in Bangladesh, he went on to do duty at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 staged in England.
As his stock continued to rise, he was appointed as one of the on-field umpires for the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 final between Australia and England that was played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua in November 2018.
Rusere had also stood in the semi-final between Australia and the West Indies at the same venue.
Two years ago he got his first ever overseas appointment for a bilateral series after he was appointed to officiate in the three-match ODI series between New Zealand and India.