Officials have been designated for the entire League phase, while appointments for the semi-finals and final of the tournament will be announced later. The ICC has unveiled the list of 20 match officials who will oversee the League Round of the 13th edition of the tournament in India.
For the upcoming tournament, 16 umpires have been appointed, including all 12 members of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and four individuals from the ICC Emerging Umpire Panel.
These officials include 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 ICC has announced the match officials for the upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup
The seasoned group comprises three of the four umpires who officiated in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 final at Lord’s: Dharmasena, Erasmus, and Tucker. The only one absent from that quartet is Aleem Dar, who left the Elite Panel in March this year.
The Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees is being represented at the event by four former international cricketers: Jeff Crowe, Andy Pycroft, Richie Richardson, and Javagal Srinath.
Srinath is set to officiate the opening match of the tournament between the finalists from the previous event, England and New Zealand, scheduled for October 5th in Ahmedabad.
Menon and Dharmasena will serve as the on-field umpires, while Paul Wilson will be the TV umpire, and Saikat will handle the fourth umpire duties.
These officials have been designated for all the League stage matches, while the appointments for the semi-finals and final will be announced later.
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.”
Sean Easey, ICC Manager – Umpires and Referees said: “We are pleased to announce the match officials who will be overseeing the biggest ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup ever.”
“This group is the best from around the world and will be ready to perform a challenging job, with the eyes of the global cricketing community focussed on the event.”
“We are confident that they will do an excellent job and wish them all the best of luck for what promises to be a World Cup to remember.”