The International Cricket Council (ICC) has officially announced the selection of match officials for the League Round of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, set to take place in India. The announcement was made on September 8th, 2023.
Sean Easey, ICC Manager – Umpires and Referees, expressed his satisfaction with the selected group, stating that they are the best from around the world and are prepared to perform a challenging job under the scrutiny of the global cricketing community.
Wasim Khan, ICC General Manager – Cricket, echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the importance of high-performing individuals at every level for an event of this magnitude. He praised the ICC Elite panel of umpires, referees, and the emerging group of umpires involved, stating that they will bring immense skills, experience, and world-class standards to the World Cup.
The list of 20 match officials includes sixteen umpires, all 12 members of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, and four members of the ICC Emerging Umpire Panel. Notable names include Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, and Rod Tucker, who were among the four umpires appointed for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 final at Lord’s.
The Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees is also represented by a quartet of former international cricketers, namely, Jeff Crowe, Andy Pycroft, Richie Richardson, and Javagal Srinath. Srinath will oversee the tournament opener between England and New Zealand on October 5 in Ahmedabad, with Nitin Menon and Dharmasena as the standing umpires, Paul Wilson as TV umpire, and Saikat as the fourth umpire.
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 announced in due course. The ICC expressed confidence in the selected officials and wished them luck for what promises to be a memorable World Cup.