Local umpire Langton Rusere made history when he became the first Zimbabwean umpire to stand in the final of a major global cricket tournament.
BY SPORTS REPORTER
Australia faced England in the final of the women global cricket tournament played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
Rusere was named one of the on-field umpires for the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 final.
The 33-year-old Rusere was an on-field umpire in the semi-final pitting Australia against the West Indies on Thursday.
Last night, he was paired with South Africa’s Shaun George, who stood in the other last-four match when England played against India.
Apart from handling three tournament warm-up games, the final was Rusere’s eighth ICC Women’s World T20 2018 assignment – five of them as an on-field umpire, two as the fourth umpire and one as television umpire.
The past couple of years have witnessed the meteoric rise of one of the top umpires in the country.
This is the fifth global tournament at which the top Zimbabwean umpire has officiated, having also taken part in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 held in Zimbabwe and the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 in New Zealand earlier this year.
After making his mark at the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016 in Bangladesh, Rusere went on to do duty at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 staged in England.
This year he was one of the umpires at the Caribbean Premier League, 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 Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 – held in Namibia in February this year.