Gaffaney to debut as Test umpire

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New Zealand's Chris Gaffaney will debut as a Test match umpire during the one-off fixture between Zimbabwe and South Africa, which will get underway at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

New Zealand's Chris Gaffaney will debut as a Test match umpire during the one-off fixture between Zimbabwe and South Africa, which will get underway at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Gaffaney was a solid batsman during a first-class career that spanned a decade and ended in 2005 – and has since become respected official in ODI and Twenty20 International cricket.

"Chris has put in a lot of hard work and we're extremely pleased to see him given the chance to make the step up," <i>Television New Zealand</i> quoted New Zealand Cricket match officials Manager Rodger McHarg as saying.

"There's nothing more satisfying for an umpire than the opportunity to perform on the international stage. It will be a proud moment for him and one that I'm sure that he will learn a lot from."

Veteran Test umpire Billy Bowden is also from New Zealand.

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