Saturday, November 18th, 2023


Former Worcestershire spinner, Richard Illingworth, has been named one of the on-field umpires for tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) ICC World Cup final – 31 years after appearing himself in the final as a player.

Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough will be the officials in the middle for the meeting between India and Australia in Ahmedabad.

It is the latest accolade in Illingworth’s umpiring career in which he has twice been voted the ICC Umpire Of The Year, in 2019 and 2022.

The pair will be joined by Joel Wilson as third umpire, fourth umpire Chris Gaffaney and match referee Andy Pycroft.

Illingworth, 60, played in the 1992 World Cup final, in Melbourne, which saw Pakistan defeat England.

He was a key member of the Worcestershire side which won seven trophies in five years from 1987 to 1991.

Illingworth amassed 742 first class and 358 List A wickets for Worcestershire in addition to 6282 first class and 1237 List A runs.

He was appointed to the ECB list of first-class umpires in 2006, was promoted to the ICC International list in 2009 and joined the ICC’s elite umpire panel in 2013.