ICC announces umpires and match referees for ICC Champions Trophy 2017
LONDON: The International Cricket Council on Thursday announced the umpire and match referee appointments for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
The eight-nation tournament will be held from June1-18 in England and Wales. The matches will be staged at the Cardiff Wales Stadium, Edgbaston in Birmingham, and The Oval in London.
Chris Broad, David Boon and Andy Pycroft of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees will officiate in the tournament.
The umpiring responsibilities will be shared between all the twelve Elite Panel of ICC Umpires namely: Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Sundaram Ravi, Paul Reiffel and Rod Tucker.
Pakistan’s Aleem Dar, who won the ICC Umpire of the Year award from 2009 to 2011, will officiate in his fifth ICC Champions Trophy.
Gould will feature in his third ICC Champions Trophy. For Dharmasena, Erasmus, Kettleborough, Llong, Oxenford and Tucker, it will be the second experience, whereas it will be the maiden ICC Champions Trophy for Gaffaney, Illingworth, Ravi and Reiffel.
Ravi and Tucker will be the on-field umpires for the opening match between England and Bangladesh at The Oval on 1 June, with Oxenford in the third umpire’s room along with Boon as match referee, while Gaffaney will be the fourth umpire.
Umpire and match referee appointments for the semi-finals and final will be announced after the teams have been confirmed.