ICC names officials for World T20 semifinals

LONDON, England -- The International Cricket Council on Wednesday announced details of the umpire and match referee appointments for the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 2009, which will take place in Nottingham and London on Thursday and Friday with the women’s semi-finals to be followed by the men’s semi-finals.

Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees will lead the playing control team at Trent Bridge where the semi-final between New Zealand women and India women will start at 1300, to be followed by South Africa and Pakistan semi-final at 1730.

The on-field umpires for the women’s semi-final will be Mark Benson and Asad Rauf of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires with Ian Gould, also from the elite panel, as third umpire and Nigel Llong of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires as fourth umpire.

The men’s semi-final will be umpired by Steve Davis and Billy Bowden of the elite panel with Simon Taufel, also from the elite panel, as third umpire and Rod Tucker from the international panel, as fourth umpire.

The focus will then shift to London where the other semi-finals which will be staged at The Oval on Friday. Alan Hurst of the elite panel will oversee both the semi-finals between England and Australia women which will start at 1300 and Sri Lanka and the West Indies semi-final which will start at 1730.

The women’s semi-final will be umpired by Billy Doctrove and Tony Hill of the elite panel with Asoka de Silva, also from the elite panel, as third umpire and Marais Erasmus from the international panel, as fourth umpire.

The on-field umpires for the men’s semi-final will be Aleem Dar and Rudi Koertzen of the elite panel while Daryl Harper of the elite panel as third umpire and Amish Saheba from the international panel as fourth umpire.

Appointments for Sunday’s finals at Lord’s will be announced in due course.

Thursday 18 June: India v New Zealand (1300-1600), Trent Bridge – Mark Benson and Asad Rauf, Ian Gould (third), Nigel Llong (fourth), Chris Broad (referee)
Thursday 18 June: South Africa v Pakistan (1730-2030), Trent Bridge – Steve Davis and Billy Bowden, Simon Taufel (third), Rod Tucker (fourth), Chris Broad (referee)
Friday 19 June: Australia v England (1300-1600), The Oval –Billy Doctrove and Tony Hill, Asoka de Silva (third), Marais Erasmus (fourth), Alan Hurst (referee)
Friday 19 June: Sri Lanka v West Indies (1730-2030), The Oval – Aleem Dar and Rudi Koertzen, Daryl Harper (third), Amish Saheba (fourth), Alan Hurst (referee)