Zimbabwe vs Pakistan 2021 – Langton Rusere becomes first Black African to officiate in a Test match


Umpire has previously stood in final of Women’s World T20 in Antigua

Langton Rusere, the Zimbabwean umpire, made history in Harare on Thursday, after becoming the first Black African to stand in a Test match.

Rusere, 35, stood alongside South Africa’s Marais Erasmus, as one of the on-field umpires for the first Test between Zimbabwe and Pakistan at Harare Sports Club.

Rusere stood in his first international match in July 2015, a T20I between Zimbabwe and India, again in Harare.

Three months later, he made his one-day international debut when Zimbabwe hosted Afghanistan at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.

He was one of the on-field officials at the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2016, and went on to officiate at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, staged in England.

More recently, he umpired the Women’s World T20 final between Australia and England, in Antigua in November 2018, having also stood in the semi-final between Australia and West Indies at the same venue.

In February last year, Rusere was appointed as an overseas umpire for the three-match ODI series between New Zealand and India.