NEW DELHI: England duo of Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough will be the on-field umpires for the 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup final between hosts India and five-time champions Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Illingworth and Kettleborough, who were promoted to the ICC International List on the same day in November 2009, both acted as on-field umpires during this week’s semifinals. Illingworth oversaw India’s victory over New Zealand, with Kettleborough in charge of Australia’s thrilling win against South Africa.
This will be the second time Kettleborough will be the on-field umpire for the showpiece occasion. The 50-year-old previously stood alongside Kumar Dharmasena in the 2015 Men’s ODI World Cup final, which saw Australia overcome New Zealand at the MCG to win their fifth title. More than 93,000 spectators watched on that occasion and a three-figure crowd is expected on Sunday as the host nation look to replicate the Indian team of 2011 and lift the World Cup on home soil. Both Illingworth and Kettleborough are previous winners of the David Shepherd Trophy, awarded to the ICC’s Umpire of the Year. IANS