2019 Cricket World Cup: ICC announces list of 22 match officials
The 2019 Cricket World Cup runs from May 30 to July 14. (Image: ICC)

The ICC on Friday named the list of 22 match officials for the league stage of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England, where 16 umpires and six match referees will be on duty for the tournament that spans 48 days.

The World Cup starts on May 30 and ends on July 14. For the tournament opener at The Oval between hosts England and South Africa, David Boon has been chosen as match referee, Kumar Dharmasena and Bruce Oxenford the on-field umpires, Paul Reiffel the third umpire and Joel Wilson the fourth official.

Of these four officials, Boon won a World Cup in 1987, Dharmasena in 1996 and Reifel in 1999.

The other officials for the World Cup are: Chris Broad, Jeff Crowe, Andy Pycroft, Ranjan Madugalle, Richie Richardson (all match referees); Aleem Dar, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Sundaram Ravi, Rod Tucker, Michael Gough, Paul Wilson (all umpires).

“Officiating at the World Cup as with playing, is an honour and the pinnacle of an official’s career,” said the former West Indies opener Adrian Griffith, now the ICC Senior Manager – Umpires and Referees. “It is a tough job with the eyes of the cricketing world on every decision, but this group of 22 is the very best from around the world who will rise to the occasion. I wish them all the very best.”

For former Sri Lanka cricketer Madugalle, the most experienced match referee, this is his sixth World Cup. Pakistan umpire Dar will officiate in his fifth World Cup while for Broad and Crowe, it will be their fourth.

English cricket umpire Ian Gould will retire after the 2019 World Cup
English cricket umpire Ian Gould will retire after the 2019 World Cup. © Getty Images

The former England World Cup wicketkeeper Gould will retire after the tournament, which is his fourth World Cup.

“Ian has made an outstanding contribution to the game over a long period, particularly in the last decade as an international umpire for the ICC,” said ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice. “He has always put the interests of the game first, and in doing so has earned enormous respect from his colleagues and players across all countries. His presence on the field will be missed, but I am sure his lifelong association with the game will continue.:

The appointments for the World Cup semi-finals will be announced at the end of the league stage and those for the final will be finalised after the semi-finals.

Match Officials at the ICC 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