ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 Match officials announced

ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 Match officials announced

The forthcoming ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023, to be hosted in India, is set to benefit from the expertise of elite umpires hailing from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires. These seasoned officials, known for their precision and experience, will play pivotal roles in maintaining the integrity of the tournament.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has meticulously chosen a cadre of 20 match officials to oversee the league stage of the Cricket World Cup. This esteemed group comprises 16 umpires and four match referees who will ensure fair play and adherence to the rules. It's important to note that the selection for the semi-finals and final will be announced as the tournament progresses.

Among these distinguished officials, a significant majority, precisely 12, are proud members of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires. This elite dozen includes names such as Christopher Gaffaney (New Zealand), Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), Marais Erasmus (South Africa), and others, who bring their extensive knowledge and unwavering dedication to the cricketing world.

The remaining four officials hail from the ICC Emerging Umpire Panel, representing the promising talents in the field. These officials include Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid (Bangladesh), Paul Wilson (Australia), Alex Wharf (England), and Chris Brown (New Zealand), demonstrating the ICC's commitment to nurturing and developing new talent.

What's particularly noteworthy is that this exceptional assembly of officials features three umpires who were integral to the Cricket World Cup 2019 final, namely Dharmasena, Erasmus, and Tucker, underscoring their consistency and expertise. Notably, Aleem Dar, a prominent figure in the 2019 final, will be notably absent from this edition, having stepped down from the Elite Panel earlier in the year.

In parallel, the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees, comprising Jeff Crowe (New Zealand), Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe), Richie Richardson (West Indies), and Javagal Srinath (India), will bring their wealth of experience as former international players to maintain discipline and sportsmanship throughout the event.

This collective of elite officials promises to uphold the highest standards of cricketing justice during the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India.