ICC Announces Umpires and Referees for ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

In an exciting revelation for cricket fans worldwide, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has officially unveiled the Umpires and Referees for World Cup 2023, who will oversee the league stage of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, set to take place in India. This eagerly awaited event promises to showcase some of the finest cricketing talents from around the globe. Let’s delve into the profiles of these cricketing arbitrators who will play a pivotal role in ensuring fair play and adherence to the rules of the game.

Icc Umpires and refrees for World Cup 2023

The Umpires

The list of umpires for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 includes a mix of seasoned veterans and promising emerging talents. Here’s a comprehensive breakdown:

Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires (12)

Christopher GaffaneyNew Zealand
Kumar DharmasenaSri Lanka
Marais ErasmusSouth Africa
Michael GoughEngland
Nitin MenonIndia
Paul ReiffelAustralia
Richard IllingworthEngland
Richard KettleboroughEngland
Rodney TuckerAustralia
Joel WilsonWest Indies
Ahsan RazaPakistan
Adrian HoldstockSouth Africa
Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires

ICC Emerging Umpire Panel (4)

Sharfuddoula Ibne ShahidBangladesh
Paul WilsonAustralia
Alex WharfEngland
Chris BrownNew Zealand
Emerging Umpires

An interesting fact about this group is that three umpires—Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, and Rodney Tucker—officiated in the Cricket World Cup 2019 final, bringing a wealth of experience to the team. However, one notable absence will be Aleem Dar, who stepped down from the Elite Panel earlier this year.

The Match Referees

The role of match referees is pivotal in maintaining the spirit of the game and ensuring fair play. The ICC has selected a distinguished group of former international players for this important task:

Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees (4)

Match RefereeCountry
Jeff CroweNew Zealand
Andy PycroftZimbabwe
Richie RichardsonWest Indies
Javagal SrinathIndia

The Opening Match

As the excitement builds for the tournament opener between England and New Zealand on October 5th, the ICC has already announced the officials for this high-profile clash:

  • On-field Umpires: Nitin Menon and Kumar Dharmasena
  • TV Umpire: Paul Wilson
  • Fourth Umpire: Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid
  • Match Referee: Andy Pycroft

ICC’s Confidence in the Officials

Sean Easey, the ICC Senior Manager for Umpires and Referees, expressed his confidence in the selected officials:

“We are pleased to announce the match officials who will be officiating at the biggest ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup ever. This group is the very best from around the world, and we believe that they are ready to perform what will be a challenging job with the eyes of the global cricketing community focused on every decision.”


Wasim Khan, ICC General Manager – Cricket, echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the importance of having 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.”


Recognition for Emerging Talent

Notably, the inclusion of members from the ICC Emerging Umpire Panel in this prestigious event reflects the cricketing world’s commitment to nurturing and recognizing emerging talent. The ICC Cricket Operations department takes great pride in their selection process:

“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.”


As the cricketing community eagerly awaits the start of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, the spotlight is firmly on these umpires and match referees, who will play a pivotal role in ensuring that the tournament lives up to its reputation as a global cricketing extravaganza. Their experience, dedication, and commitment to upholding the spirit of the game will undoubtedly make this World Cup a memorable one. We wish them all the best of luck!

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