Zim umpire for women's WC

HARARE - Zimbabwe International Cricket Umpire Langton Rusere is in England where he is officiating at the Women’s ICC World Cup.

The 31-year-old umpire, who has been in England since June 15, officiated in yesterday’s World Cup warm-up match pitting New Zealand against India at Derby.

Rusere is looking forward to getting more assignments during the global competition which gets underway on Saturday.

“I’m super excited but there’s a bit of pressure because our team of officials sets the tone of how teams will feel about the umpires. I am obviously thrilled to be taking part in a world cup and I am undoubtedly going to give it my best,” Rusere told the Daily News from England.

Rusere, who is predominantly a TV umpire and sometimes gets some odd on field duties, made his international debut two years ago during a home series between Zimbabwe and New Zealand and last year he also officiated at the ICC U19 World Cup in Bangladesh.

“I loved it (experience at the U19 WC). It was my first ICC event and I was nervous to start with, but I formed wonderful working relationships with a lot of the umpires there and it’s great being here (England) with a number of them,” he said.

“I learnt a lot about working with different people with different personalities and from various cultural and social backgrounds.

“I’m looking forward to the experience, obviously conditions are the total opposite of those in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, so I want to see how I will do under a different set of challenges.”  

It’s not an easy profession to undertake as most people think they can do a better job, something which Rusere has to contend with.

“The pressure of being in the TV umpire’s seat is that everyone watching on TV deems themselves better than you if you get a decision wrong,” Rusere told our sister publication the Daily News on Sunday last year.

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