South Africa’s Marais Erasmus wins ICC Umpire of the Year 2021 award

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South African official Marais Erasmus was named the ICC Umpire of the Year 2021 on Monday. The 2021 ICC Umpire of the Year Award sits alongside his successive Dave Shepherd Trophies, won in 2016 and 2017.

Marais Erasmus wins ICC Umpire of the Year 2021 award (@ICC Photo)

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  • Marais Erasmus adjudged ICC Umpire of the Year 2021
  • Marais Erasmus is the ICC Umpire of the Year for the third time
  • Erasmus is the 18th umpire in the world to officiate in 100 ODIs

South Africa official Marais Erasmus on Monday was adjudged as the ICC Umpire of the Year. Erasmus, who stood in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand, has earned the respect of his peers and the international cricket fraternity.

The 2021 Umpire of the Year Award sits alongside his successive Dave Shepherd Trophies, won in 2016 and 2017. Umpire Erasmus is widely considered one of the best umpires in the world. He has overseen 20 international fixtures across the three formats in 2021.

Erasmus is only the third South African umpire after Rudi Koertzen and David Orchard to stand in 100 ODIs. Earlier, Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan was named ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of 2021 while England’s Tammy Beaumont was named ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of 2021.

Making his maiden T20I century in February against South Africa, Rizwan carried his form into the T20 World Cup, making 79* from just 55 balls against India in their T20 World Cup opener, and finished as the third-highest run-scorer in the competition.

Providing a bank of runs for her country, Beaumont was Player of the Series in an away series against New Zealand, and the highest run-scorer when the teams met on English soil later in the year.

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