ICC released has announced the list of match officials for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. The match officials comprise 16 umpires and 6 match referees from across the globe managing all 48 matches. The World Cup begins from May 30, with hosts England taking on South Africa at The Oval ground in London. Final match of the ICC world cup 2019 will take place on 14th of July.
Out of the 22 match officials that will be overseeing the World Cup, three of them – Kumar Dharmasena, Paul Reiffel, and David Boon have been part of world cup winning teams for their respective countries. Dharmasena won the World Cup for Sri Lanka in 1996 under captaincy of Arjuna Ranatunga. Paul Reiffel won the world cup for Australia in 1999 (hosted in England) under captaincy of Steve Waugh and Boon was part of the Australian squad that won the World Cup in 1987 under captaincy of Allan Border.
Full list of match officials:
Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Sundaram Ravi, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker, Joel Wilson, Michael Gough, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Paul Wilson.
Chris Broad, David Boon, Andy Pycroft, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Richie Richardson.
The 2019 World Cup will be the fourth and the last World Cup that Ian Gould will be officiating in. He has announced his retirement from international cricket after this tournament. The 61-year old umpire, who was a wicketkeeper for England and also participated in the 1983 World Cup has officiated in 74 Tests, 135 ODIs and 37 T20Is so far.
Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager of Umpires and Referees said that “Officiating at the World Cup as with playing, is an honour and the pinnacle of an official’s career. It is a tough job with the eyes of the cricketing world on every decision, but this group of 22 is the very best from around the world who will rise to the occasion. I wish them all the very best.”