Cricket World Cup officials announced, with Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough from England selected as the on-field umpires for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 final between India and Australia in Ahmedabad.
Kettleborough, who has previous experience in World Cup finals, will be in charge of the on-field duties during this important match. Illingworth, meanwhile, is making his first appearance as a match official. This will be the second outing for Kettleborough, who was also in the final of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. His partner on that occasion was Kumar Dharmasena. More than 93,000 spectators watched that game, but a larger crowd is expected on Sunday as the host nation looks to replicate their win from 2011 and lift the World Cup on home soil.
Illingworth also has experience in World Cup finals, having featured in the 1992 Cricket World Cup final as a player. Both umpires have had illustrious careers, with Kettleborough winning the David Shepherd Trophy three times in a row between 2013-15 and Illingworth winning it in 2019 and 2022. Other officials for the final on Sunday include Joel Wilson as the third umpire, fourth umpire Chris Gaffaney, and match referee Andy Pycroft, all of whom were part of the officiating teams in the semi-finals.