Marias Erasmus © Getty Images
Marias Erasmus  of South Africa won ICC Umpire of the Year for the second time running © Getty Images

Johannesburg [South Africa]: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has congratulated former cricketer Shaun George on being promoted to the ICC  Test-ODI Emerging Panel of umpires. Describing George’s promotion as another feather in the cap for their collective fraternity of umpires, CSA Acting Chief Executive Thabang Moroe said that former has been an inspiration and role model for many.

“Shaun has been given the responsibility of several high profile matches in recent times including last year’s ICC Women’s World Cup Final and this year’s ICC under-19 World Cup Final and, with Marais Erasmus having been named ICC Umpire of the Year for the second year in a row it shows what high regard there is for our match officials,” Moroe said.

“Marais has been a wonderful inspiration and role model to all our umpires. Umpires are central to the game of cricket and we are fortunate to have an extremely competent group of match officials,” Moroe added.

George had appeared in a total of 17 first-class matches for Eastern Province and Transvaal between 1987 and 1991, having scalped 29 wickets at an average of 26.62.
His best figures of three for 66 came for Eastern Province against Transvaal at Port Elizabeth in 1988-89.

Following his first-class and List A umpiring debuts in 2004, George made his international debut in a T20 match against Zimbabwe in 2010. He went on to officiate in 31 ODIs and 33 T20Is.