Umpires Bongani Jele and Lubabalo Gcuma make history

Bongani Jele and Lubabalo GcumaBongani Jele (left) and Lubabalo Gcuma (right).

Bongani Jele and Lubabalo Gcuma made history during South Africa’s T20I series against Australia in Durban this week.

Jele and Gcuma officiated the series opener at Kingsmead, where the Proteas lost by 111 runs.

“Bongani Jele and Lubabalo Gcuma became the first pair of black African umpires to stand together in an international game,” read a brief statement from Cricket South Africa.

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The second T20I will be played at the same venue on Friday. The hosts will be without Sisanda Magala, who has been sidelined by injury.

“Sisanda Magala has been ruled out of the second T20I due to a left knee injury. The 32-year-old felt discomfort during training and subsequent scans revealed an infrapatellar tendinopathy,” said CSA.

“The medical team will continue to manage him ahead of the third T20I on Sunday,” read a statement from Cricket South Africa.”

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