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Marais Erasmus (born 27 February 1964) is a South African former first-class cricketer who is currently serving as an international cricket umpire. He is a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and stands in matches of all three formats of international cricket – Test matches, One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).[1][2][3]

Marais Erasmus
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Erasmus umpiring in England (2014)
Personal information
Full nameMarais Erasmus
Born (1964-02-27) 27 February 1964 (age 55)
George, Cape Province, South Africa
BattingRight-handed batsman
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
RoleAll-rounder, umpire
Domestic team information
First-class debut8 December 1988 Boland v South African Defence Force
Last First-class12 December 1996 Boland v Natal
List A debut24 October 1989 Boland v Border
Last List A25 October 1996 Boland v Western Province
Umpiring information
Tests umpired55 (2010–2019)
ODIs umpired82 (2007–2019)
T20Is umpired26 (2006–2016)
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 53 54
Runs scored 1,913 322
Batting average 29.43 10.38
100s/50s 1/7 0/1
Top score 103* 55
Balls bowled 8,402 2,650
Wickets 131 48
Bowling average 28.18 37.06
5 wickets in innings 7 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 6-22 3-25
Catches/stumpings 35/— 16/—
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 16 February 2019


Playing careerEdit

Erasmus played first-class cricket for Boland cricket team from 1988/89 to 1996/97 as a fast-medium bowler and a lower-order batsman.[4] His highest score of 103 not out came while batting at number seven in the second innings, after scoring 51 not out in the first innings, against the visiting Warwickshire cricket team in the 1991/92 season.[5] His best bowling figures of 6/22 came against the touring New Zealand cricket team in the 1994/95 season.[6] However, the match had to be abandoned early on the second day, because of a dangerous pitch at Boland Bank Park.[6]

Umpiring careerEdit

Erasmus began umpiring in first-class cricket in South Africa in the 2002/03 season.[7] He stood in his first international match, a T20I fixture between South Africa and Australia, at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on 24 February 2006.[8] He made his debut as an umpire in ODIs when he stood in the match between Kenya and Canada at the Gymkhana Club Ground in Nairobi on 18 October 2007.[9] He was appointed to the International Panel of ICC Umpires in an on-field capacity in 2008.[10]

Erasmus stood in the first ICC tournament final of his career when he umpired the 2009 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier Final between Canada and Ireland at the Centurion Park in Centurion on 19 April 2009.[11] Erasmus made his debut as an umpire in Tests when he took the field for the match between Bangladesh and India at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong from 17–21 January 2010.[12][13] He was subsequently promoted to the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires in 2010 where he replaced the retiring Rudi Koertzen.[14]

Erasmus was a part of the panel of eighteen umpires selected to stand in matches during the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.[15] He made his umpiring debut in the Cricket World Cup when he took the field for the match between Kenya and New Zealand at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on 20 February 2011.[16] Erasmus went on to stand in the quarter-final between the hosts, India, and Australia, at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad on 24 March 2011.[17]

Erasmus was included in the panel of twenty umpires selected for officiating in matches during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand.[18] He stood in the opening match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on 14 February 2015.[19] Erasmus went on to stand in the quarter-final between the hosts, Australia, and Pakistan, at the Adelaide Oval on 20 March 2015.[20] He was also the TV umpire for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Final in Melbourne on 29 March 2015.[21]

In December 2016, Erasmus won the David Shepherd Trophy for the ICC Umpire of the Year.[22] He was the fifth umpire overall and the first South African to win the award in its history.[23] During the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy held in England and Wales, he stood in the semi-final between the hosts, England, and Pakistan, at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on 14 June 2017.[24] Erasmus went on to stand in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy Final between arch-rivals India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on 18 June 2017.[25][26]

Erasmus stood in his 100th first-class match when he umpired the Test between England and the West Indies at Lord's in London from 7–11 September 2017.[27] He was named ICC Umpire of the Year for 2017, and was awarded the David Shepherd Trophy for the second consecutive year.[28][29] Erasmus stood in the 50th Test of his career when he took the field for the match between England and India at Lord's in London from 9–13 August 2018.[30][31]

In April 2019, he was named as one of the sixteen umpires to stand in matches during the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[32][33]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Emirates ICC Umpire Panels". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  3. ^ "ICC names unchanged Elite Panel for 2018-19 season" (Press release). International Cricket Council. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Marais Erasmus | South Africa Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Warwickshire in South Africa, 1991/92: Boland v Warwickshire at Brackenfell, Apr 2-4, 1992". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b "New Zealand in South Africa, 1994/95: Boland v New Zealanders at Paarl, Dec 21-23, 1994". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Marais Erasmus As Umpire In First-Class Matches". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Australia tour of South Africa, Only T20I: South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Feb 24, 2006". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Canada tour of Kenya and Namibia, 1st ODI: Kenya v Canada at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 18, 2007". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Marais Erasmus makes ICC's International Panel". ESPNcricinfo. 4 August 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  11. ^ "ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Final: Canada v Ireland at Centurion, Apr 19, 2009". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  12. ^ "India tour of Bangladesh, 1st Test: Bangladesh v India at Chittagong, Jan 17-21, 2010". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  13. ^ Veera, Sriram (16 January 2010). "Meeting Marais Erasmus". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Umpire Rudi Koertzen set to retire". ESPNcricinfo. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Six umpires to partner with Elite Panel for World Cup". ESPNcricinfo. 12 December 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  16. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup, 2nd Match, Group A: Kenya v New Zealand at Chennai, Feb 20, 2011". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  17. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup, 2nd Quarter-Final: India v Australia at Ahmedabad, Mar 24, 2011". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  18. ^ "ICC announces match officials for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015" (Press release). International Cricket Council. 2 December 2014. Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  19. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup, 1st Match, Pool A: New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Christchurch, Feb 14, 2015". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  20. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup, 3rd Quarter-Final: Australia v Pakistan at Adelaide, Mar 20, 2015". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  21. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup, Final: Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne, Mar 29, 2015". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Marais Erasmus wins David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year" (Press release). International Cricket Council. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  23. ^ "SA's Erasmus wins Umpire of the Year award". Sport24. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  24. ^ "ICC Champions Trophy, 1st Semi-final: England v Pakistan at Cardiff, Jun 14, 2017". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  25. ^ "ICC Champions Trophy, Final: India v Pakistan at The Oval, Jun 18, 2017". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  26. ^ "CSA congratulates Marais Erasmus on his appointment to Champions Trophy Final" (Press release). Cricket South Africa. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  27. ^ "Marais Erasmus reaches landmark century" (Press release). Cricket South Africa. 7 September 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  28. ^ "Erasmus named ICC Umpire of the Year for second year running" (Press release). Cricket South Africa. 18 January 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  29. ^ "Marais Erasmus earns successive David Shepherd Trophies" (Press release). International Cricket Council. 18 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  30. ^ "India tour of Ireland and England, 2nd Test: England v India at Lord's, Aug 9-13, 2018". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  31. ^ "Erasmus completes half-century of Tests" (Press release). International Cricket Council. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  32. ^ "Match officials for ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 announced". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  33. ^ "Umpire Ian Gould to retire after World Cup". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 April 2019.

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