Langton Rusere becomes first black African to officiate in a Test match

Somya Kapoor

Somya Kapoor

Author| Apr 29, 8:52 AM

Photo Credits: Twitter
Photo Credits: Twitter

Umpire Langton Rusere became the first black African to officiate in a Test match. Rusere made his debut during the first Test of the two-match series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Harare. 

Rusere began his career back in 2015 after standing in his first match in a T20I between Zimbabwe and India. He then officiated in his first ODI later in October in the same year during the clash between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan. 

Umpiring his first Test match after the T20 series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe, Rusere hosted the Zimbabwean downfall on day 1 as the home team stuttered at 46/4 at the time of writing.

Back in October 2018, Rusere was named as one of the umpires for the Women’s T20 World Cup in 2018. He made history when he became Zimbabwean umpire to stand in the final of a major global cricket tournament.

Rusere was one of the on-field umpires for the Women's World T20 final between Australia and England in Antigua in 2018. 

Pakistan is in Zimbabwe for a three-match T20I fixture and the Test series. The visitors won the T20I series 2-1 while began the Tests series on Thursday. 

Earlier, Zimbabwe had called-up five uncapped players     for the Pakistan Tests. Luke Jongwe, Richard Ngarava, Roy Kaia, Milton Shumba and Tanaka Chivanga were the five players to get maiden call-ups. 

Squad: Williams Sean (captain), Chakabva Regis, Chisoro Tendai, Chivanga Tanaka, Jongwe Luke, Kaia Roy, Kasuza Kevin, Masakadza Wellington, Masvaure Prince, Musakanda Tarisai, Muzarabani Blessing, Ngarava Richard, Nyauchi Victor, Shumba Milton, Taylor Brendan, Tiripano Donald


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