The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday released a list of 22 match-officials from around the globe who will be officiating the league games of the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. England and Wales will host the 12th edition of the marquee event starting from May 30. Host England will play South Africa in the tournament opener at the Oval.
The list of 16 umpires and six-match referees for the 48-match tournament includes members from past World Cup-winning sides. They will play a crucial role in cricket’s most celebrated event which brings together the best ten teams.
The opening match will witness three World Cup winners officiating. David Boon will be the match referee, Kumar Dharmasena one of the two on-field umpires while Paul Reiffel will be the third umpire. Bruce Oxenford will be the other on-field umpire and Joel Wilson, the fourth official for the match.
Match Officials at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019:
Match Referees: Chris Broad, David Boon, Andy Pycroft, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Richie Richardson
Umpires: 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
Ian Gould to retire after World Cup
Meanwhile, senior international umpire Ian Gould has announced his retirement after the end of the ICC World Cup 2019. The 61-year old umpire has officiated in 74 Tests, 135 ODIs and 37 T20Is so far. It will put curtains on Gould’s 13 years of an international career.
This will be the fourth World Cup for the former England wicket-keeper who has represented his country in 18 ODIs and was also a part of the 1983 World Cup squad.