SHAUN GEORGE will make his debut as an international standing umpire on Sunday in Kimberley when he officiates in the second Standard Bank Pro20 International between South Africa and Zimbabwe.
It will be a landmark moment for Cricket South Africa (CSA) as he will become the first player to represent the old South African Cricket Board (SACB) at first-class level to go on to umpire at senior international level.
He played 17 first-class matches in the Howa Bowl for Eastern Province and Transvaal between 1987 and 1991, taking 29 wickets at an average of 26.62 with a best of 3-66 for Eastern Province against Transvaal at Port Elizabeth in 1988/89.
“Shaun has made tremendous progress since he first came into our umpiring system in the 2002/03 season,” commented CSA CEO Gerald Majola. “I have very fond memories of our playing days together for Eastern Province and this is a singularly proud day for Shaun, for his family and all his cricketing friends and colleagues.
“He was identified early on as an umpire of real potential and has had umpiring experience in Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand in addition to handling the 2005 ICC Women’s World Cup final.
“It is no coincidence that he was selected to umpire three of the four domestic limited overs finals over the course of the last two seasons,” Majola concluded.
George said he was looking forward to the opportunity. “It is something I have aspired for ever since I decided to become an umpire. I have been very fortunate with the people who have guided me through my career. “Kaya Majola was my captain at Eastern Province and I also played alongside Gerald Majola and Haroon Lorgat (ICC CEO).”
Mike Gajjar: CSA Manager Cricket Operations commented: “This unique journey for Shaun exemplifies dedication and commitment to excellence. I have spent many hours in Shaun’s life guiding him through his career, but he has got to where he is on his own through many difficult obstacles. What I like about him is that he is always prepared to listen to advice whether positive and negative and adjust accordingly. We are very proud of him.”
Denis Burns: Umpire Educator Cricket Australia commented: “ The emerging group of umpires are full of praise for you – particularly your willingness to share your expertise and time so generously. You have been a great ambassador for South African cricket and South African umpiring throughout your stay, congratulations.”
Shaun George’s career statistics are as follows:
List A debut: KwaZulu-Natal v Free State (Durban) 2004/05.
First-class debut: Boland v Eastern Province (Paarl) 2004/05.
Franchise debut: Lions v WP Boland (Johannesburg) 2005/05 in Standard Bank Pro20
SuperSport Series debut: Cape Cobras v Titans (Cape Town) 2005/06
Umpired Women’s World Cup final 2005.
Umpired 2 FC matches in NZ 2006/07.
Umpired Standard Bank Pro20 final 2008/09.
Umpired MTN40 and Standard Bank Pro20 finals 2009/10.
Umpired Emerging Players tournament in Australia 2010.
Umpired ICC Intercontinental Cup match between Zimbabwe XI and Ireland at Harare in September 2010.
44 FC matches
45 LO matches
19 T20 matches
7 Women’s ODIs
1 Under-19 Test
4 Under-19 ODIs