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Former umpire Ian Robinson dies

61Former Zimbabwe umpire Ian Robinson has died of lung cancer at the age of 69, in

Harare on Sunday. Robinson made his international debut as an umpire in the 1992

World Cup and his Test debut in Zimbabwe’s inaugural match, against India in Harare, in

October 1992. He officiated in 28 Tests, 90 ODIs and three World Cups – 1992, 1996 and


He began his umpiring career in 1975, and was appointed to Zimbabwe’s first-class panel

in 1978. In 2004, he was sacked by the Zimbabwe Cricket Union without being given a

reason. Apart from his umpiring duties, Robinson served as a ZCU board member for 14

years and an employee of the board for nine. He also served as the board’s international

cricket manager.

Robinson was appointed to the first international panel of umpires established by the ICC

in 1994. In 2008, he announced his retirement from top-level umpiring to focus on his

role as ICC Regional Umpires’ Performance Manager (RUPM) for the Africa region.