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''Slow death'' Koertzen completes 150 ODI landmark

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Abu Dhabi, Apr 19 (UNI) Emirates Elite Panel umpire Rudi Koertzen has become the second umpire, after David Shepherd, to officiate in 150 one day international matches.

Yesterday match between India and Pakistan here marked a significant moment in the umpire's career, as he appeared in his 150th one-day international.

By standing in the game, the 57 year-old has become only the second umpire in history to officiate in that number of ODIs, joining the now-retired David Shepherd in that very select club, according to an ICC release today.

Koertzen made his international debut on December 9, 1992 in a match between India and South Africa in Port Elizabeth and since then has gone on to become one of the game's most respected officials, also standing in 73 Tests.

A member of the Emirates Elite Panel of umpires since 2002, he stood in the 1999 and 2003 ICC Cricket World Cups, including the Australia-Sri Lanka semifinal in Port Elizabeth at the latter tournament, which was his 100th ODI.

Koertzen also stood in the 2002 and 2004 ICC Champions Trophies, the World Cricket Tsunami Appeal match in Melbourne in January 2005 and the Johnnie Walker Super Series Test match between Australia and the ICC World XI in Sydney in October 2005.

Commenting on the milestone, ICC Umpires and Referees Manager Doug Cowie said, ''Rudi's achievement is a tribute to his skill and consistency as one of our most solid and dependable umpires -- he is rock solid.'' ''Rudi is a top professional and is great to umpire with because he never gets upset or rattled, has a good rapport with the players and just gets on with his job,'' he added.

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