As anticipation reaches a fever pitch for the Cricket World Cup Final between India and Australia, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has officially announced the distinguished panel of umpires who will oversee the high-stakes clash on Sunday.
On-Field Umpires: Illingworth and Kettleborough
English umpires Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough have been entrusted with the crucial roles of on-field umpires for the summit clash. This marks Kettleborough’s second appearance in a World Cup Final, having previously officiated in the 2015 edition. Illingworth, on the other hand, makes his debut as a match official in a World Cup Final, although he featured as a player in the 1992 Cricket World Cup final.
Third Umpire: Joel Wilson
The responsibility of the third umpire falls on Joel Wilson from Trinidad and Tobago, bringing his expertise to critical decision-making moments. Wilson, along with Illingworth and Kettleborough, has previously officiated in the semifinals, contributing to the fair play of the tournament.
Fourth Umpire: Chris Gaffaney
New Zealand’s Chris Gaffaney assumes the role of the fourth umpire, ready to step in as needed during the high-pressure encounter between two cricketing giants.
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft
Zimbabwean match referee Andy Pycroft completes the officiating team, ensuring that the game adheres to the highest standards of sportsmanship.
Illustrious Careers of Illingworth and Kettleborough
Both Illingworth and Kettleborough boast illustrious careers in umpiring, having been promoted to the ICC International List on the same day in November 2009. Their impressive track records include winning the David Shepherd Trophy for ICC’s Umpire of the Year. Kettleborough clinched the prestigious award three times consecutively from 2013 to 2015, while Illingworth secured the honor in 2019 and 2022.
As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the showdown between India and Australia, these seasoned umpires are poised to play a pivotal role in ensuring a fair and thrilling finale. Stay tuned for extensive coverage of the Cricket World Cup Final and all the excitement it promises to deliver.