Rudi Koertzen dies in car crash as Kevin Pietersen reacts to ‘dreadful news’

Tributes have been paid to iconic former cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen following his death at the age of 73 after he was involved in a road traffic collision in South Africa

The passing of Koertzen, who stood in 108 Test matches and 209 One-Day Internationals between the years of 1992 and 2010 – also taking charge in 14 T20 internationals, has caused much sorrow across the sport.

Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen wrote: "Dreadful news hearing that the great man, Rudi Koertzen, has died in a car crash in SA! RIP you legend! He will be sorely missed."

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Marylebone Cricket Club led the way with words of praise, tweeting: "MCC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of honorary life member and former umpire Rudi Koertzen.

"Our thoughts are with his friends and family."

On the opening day of their tour match against England Lions, South Africa wore black armbands as a mark of respect.

Former India batter Virender Sehwag said: "Whenever I used to play a rash shot he used to scold me saying 'play sensible, I want to watch your batting'. A gentleman and a very wonderful person."

With Yuvraj Singh adding: "Tragic news of the sudden passing away of Rudi Koertzen.

"He was a gifted individual and one of the finest umpires the game has witnessed, known for his sharp decision-making abilities. My deepest condolences to his family and well wishers."

Ex-Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram tweeted: "Saddened to know about the sudden demise of umpire Rudi Koertzen.

"He was forthright and knowledgeable umpire, shared some wonderful moments with him on and off the field. My deepest condolences to the family. RIP."

With former Pakistan bowler and coach Waqar Younis wrote: "RIP to one of the best Umpire in the World Rudi Koertzen. I always enjoyed bowling from his end. Condolences to the family and friends #RipRudi."


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