The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday announced the appointment of 20 match officials for the Round One and Super 12 stages of the upcoming T20 World Cup, with Nitin Menon being the only Indian among match umpires. Veteran South African umpires Marais Erasmus and England’s Chris Gaffaney will be the two on-field umpires on the day of the October 24 match between India and Pakistan, while Richard Illingworth will be the TV official. David Boon will be the match referee.
16 umpires and four match referees have been selected for the T20 World Cup. The 45-match tournament will have three umpires – Aleem Dar, Erasmus and Rod Tucker – who will be officials in their sixth T20 World Cup. Former India pacer Javagal Srinath is also among the four match referees for the tournament to be held from October 17 to November 14 in Muscat (Oman), Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai (United Arab Emirates). Match officials for the semi-finals and final will be announced in due course.
The ICC said that the 20-strong group of match officials means that for the first time since the start of the Kovid-19 pandemic, there will be neutral umpires for all matches of the tournament. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena was one of the on-field umpires present in the final of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. He will join New Zealand’s Chris Gafane in the opening match of the tournament in which Oman will take on Papua New Guinea.
Adrian Griffith, ICC’s Senior Manager of Umpires and Referees, said: “We are delighted to have appointed some of the world’s top officials, including 16 umpires and four match referees, for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.”
Match Referees: David Boon, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Javagal Srinath
Umpires: Chris Brown, Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffone, Michael Gough, Adrian Holdstock, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nitin Menon, Ahsan Raza, Paul Reiffel, Langton Roussere, Rod Tucker, Joel Wilson, Paul Wilson.