Illingworth, Kettleborough to take charge as on-field umpires in CWC final

Ahmedabad, (UNI) The English duo of Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough will be the on-field umpires for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 final between India and Australia in Ahmedabad.

This will be the second time Kettleborough would be in the middle for the showpiece occasion. The 50-year-old previously stood alongside Kumar Dharmasena in the 2015 final, which saw Australia overcome New Zealand at the MCG.

More than 93,000 spectators watched on that occasion, and a three-figure crowd is expected tomorrow as the host nation looks to replicate the Indian team of 2011 and lift the World Cup on home soil, an ICC media release said.

Illingworth and Kettleborough, who were promoted to the ICC International List on the same day in November 2009, both acted as on-field umpires during this week’s semi-finals.

Illingworth oversaw India’s victory over New Zealand, with Kettleborough in charge of Australia’s thrilling win against South Africa.

Both men are previous winners of the David Shepherd Trophy, awarded to the ICC’s Umpire of the Year.

Kettleborough, who reached a century of ODIs as an umpire earlier in the tournament when the Netherlands took on Sri Lanka, took home the prize in three consecutive years between 2013 and 2015, and Illingworth added his name to the illustrious list in 2019 and 2022.

On Sunday, the pair will be joined by Joel Wilson as third umpire, Chris Gaffaney as fourth umpire, and Andy Pycroft as match referee, all of whom were part of the officiating teams across the semi-finals.

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