Sir Richie and Joel Wilson named among ICC Cricket World Cup match officials
Sir Richie Richardson and Joel Wilson have been named among the match officials for the 13th edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup to be played in India. Sir Richie, the West Indies batting legend and former Team Manager will be among the Match Referees for the marquee global event. Wilson, a veteran of 85 One-Day Internationals and 36 Tests, is among the umpires chosen to stand in the middle.
The ICC made the announcements on Friday morning. The umpires are: Chris Brown, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Michael Gough, Adrian Holdstock, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nitin Menon, Ahsan Raza, Paul Reiffel, Sharfuddoula Ibne Shaid, Rod Tucker, Alex Wharf, Joel Wilson and Paul Wilson.
The Match Referees are: Jeff Crowe, Andy Pycroft, Richie Richardson and Javagal Srinath. The officials have been named for the entirety of the League segment, with the selections for the semi-finals and final of the tournament to be named in due course.
Srinath will take charge of the tournament opener between England and New Zealand on 5 October in Ahmedabad. Menon and Dharmasena will be the standing umpires, with Paul Wilson as TV umpire and Saikat taking on fourth umpire duties.
Wasim Khan, ICC General Manager – Cricket, said:
“To deliver an event of this magnitude you require high performing individuals at every level. The ICC Elite panel of umpires, referees, and emerging group of umpires involved will bring immense skills, experience and world class standards to this World Cup. We are delighted with the group that we have assembled for this tournament”.
“The ICC Cricket Operations department takes great pride and effort in operating a robust and meritocratic selection procedure with the help of our Member Boards. Our competitive pathway system continues to see the development and emergence of high-quality match officials across the game. We are pleased that four members of the ICC Emerging Umpire Panel have earned the opportunity to be part of this showcase event and we wish them, and all the other match officials involved all the very best for the tournament.”