Langton Rusere will make history when he becomes the first Zimbabwean umpire to stand in the final of a major global cricket tournament.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has named Rusere as one of the on-field umpires for the Women’s World T20 2018 final between Australia and England to be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Saturday.
The 33-year-old Rusere also officiated as an on-field umpire in the semi-final between Australia and the West Indies on Thursday.
In the final, he has been paired with South Africa’s Shaun George, who stood in the other last-four match that pitted England against India.
Apart from handling three tournament warm-up games, the final becomes Rusere’s eighth Women’s World T20 2018 assignment – five of them as an on-field umpire, two as fourth umpire and one as television umpire.
This is the fifth global tournament at which the top Zimbabwean umpire has officiated, having also taken part in the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018 held in Zimbabwe and the U19 World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year.
After making his mark at the U19 World Cup in 2016 in Bangladesh, Rusere went on to do duty at the Women’s World Cup 2017 staged in England.
This year he was also one of the umpires at the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the second time he was involved in the tournament.
Rusere was also a mentor umpire for the ICC World Cricket League Division Two – the qualifier event for Associate teams to the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018 – held in Namibia in February this year.
We’re having a pop at a bloke who got 50, because we’re monsters.
England really are very, very bad at batting.
England went very, very England on Friday.
The stop-start nature of the day annoyed Jofra apparently. We didn’t notice.
Jofra did Jofra things at Lord’s, and Jimmy things at Leeds.
India taking control in Antigua.
It’s going to be even more painful when they lose now. Cruel.
Rain mucking things up in Colombo again.
Don’t break Jofra, warns Mark Butcher.
Steve Smith not being there is massive for both sides, says Mark Butcher – and he’s right you know.