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Decision-Makers Extraordinaire: List of Umpires in ICC World Cup 2023

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Umpiring is one of the most important and challenging aspects of any sport. Umpires have it tougher in Cricket than in any other sport. It takes a special skill to determine if the batter has edged the ball as far as 22 yards or to call an LBW verdict. Despite their challenging job, umpiring is not the most popular profession in cricket. Even the most ardent Cricket fan may struggle to name more than five great Umpires in the game’s history. Despite DRS and other technical developments, an umpire is crucial in the game of cricket. One incorrect judgment can turn the game around; therefore, an umpire must be at his best throughout the game. Regardless of the enormous pressure from the audience or the players, umpires are required to make the correct judgment every time. The type of acute attention and decision-making ability required for umpiring is rarely seen in any other career. In a tournament like ICC World Cup 2023, umpires among others, are of utmost importance. In this blog, we will take a look at the list of umpires for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023.

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List of Umpires in ICC WC 2023

Cricket Umpire Names
1.       Kumar Dharmasena
2.       Marais Erasmus
3.       Chris Gaffaney
4.       Richard Illingworth
5.       Richard Kettleborough
6.       Ravi Sundaram
7.       Paul Reiffel
8.       Rod Tucker
9.       Joel Wilson
10.   Michael Gough
11.   Ruchira Palliyaguruge
12.   Paul Wilson

Kumar Dharmasena

Source: ESPNcricinfo

Kumar Dharmasena, a seasoned umpire from Sri Lanka, is 52 years old and played a significant role in the country’s 1996 World Cup-winning squad as an off-break bowler at the international level. He began officiating matches in 2009, and he has umpired in 79 Tests, 118 ODIs, and 42 T20Is.

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Marais Erasmus

Source: ICC Cricket

A T20I match between South Africa and Australia in 2006 marked the beginning of the career of Marais Erasmus, a 59-year-old South African umpire who is a part of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires. In recent years, he has garnered honors like the David Shepard Trophy for two straight years and the ICC Umpire of the Year award in 2017. He has umpired in 115 ODIs, 43 T20Is, and 78 Tests.

Chris Gaffaney

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Source: ICC Cricket

The ICC Elite Umpire Panel is comprised of former New Zealand cricketer Chris Gaffaney, 47, who is currently employed as an official. In Toronto, during a game between Canada and Ireland in September 2010, he officiated his first ODI. He has umpired in 49 Tests, 77 ODIs, and 43 T20 Internationals.

Richard Illingworth

Source: ESPNcricinfo

Richard Illingworth, 59, has umpired in 64 Tests, 78 ODIs, and 27 T20 Internationals during his umpiring career. He was added to the English Cricket Board’s official first-class umpire list for the 2006 season. He was chosen as one of the 16 umpires to compete in the 2023 World Cup.

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Richard Kettleborough

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Source: The New Indian Express

In April 2002, the 50-year-old English umpire Richard Kettleborough made his first-class debut. A total of 78 Tests, 95 ODIs, and 36 T20Is have been umpired by him since then. In November 2009, the ICC elevated him to their full International Panel of Umpires.

Sundaram Ravi

Source: Hindustan Times

Sundaram Ravi the 57-year-old Indian umpire joined the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires, becoming the second Indian umpire to do so after Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan. He has umpired in 33 Tests, 48 One-Day Internationals, and 26 Twenty20 Internationals.

Paul Reiffel

Source: The Indian Express

Paul Reiffel, a former Australian cricketer turned umpire, 57, made his first-class umpiring debut in 2002 and joined the ICC International Panel of Umpires in 2008. So far, he has umpired in 62 Tests, 79 ODIs, and 27 T20Is.

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Rod Tucker

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Source: Wikipedia

Rod Tucker, an Australian umpire, and member of the ICC Elite Umpire Panel, served as an umpire in 81 Tests, 92 One-Day Internationals, and 52 Twenty20 Internationals. Aside from international matches, he has also umpired in the KFC Big Bash League and the IPL.

Joel Wilson

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Source: Hindustan Times

Joel Wilson, a 56-year-old Trinidad and Tobago umpire, officiated at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. He has umpired in 34 Tests, 85 One-Day Internationals, and 43 Twenty20 Internationals thus far.

Michael Gough

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Source: Hindustan Times

Michael Gough the 43-year-old English umpire made his debut in April 2006 and has since umpired in 30 Tests, 77 One-Day Internationals, and 20 Twenty20 Internationals.

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Ruchira Palliyaguruge

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Source: Sportstar

Ruchira Palliyaguruge, 55, made his umpiring debut in an ODI between Australia and Sri Lanka at Hambantota in 2011. So far, he has umpired in 9 Tests, 89 One-Day Internationals, and 40 Twenty20 Internationals.

Paul Wilson

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Source: Twiiter

Australian umpire Paul Wilson, 51, is a member of Cricket Australia’s Project Umpire’s Panel. He served as an umpire in 8 tests, 26 Twenty-Internationals and 36 One-Day Internationals, including the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

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