The world cricket’s governing body International Cricket Council on Thursday has announced the list of match referees and umpires for its mega event 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, which will kick off on 1st June when hosts England will meet Bangladesh at The Oval.

The tournament will further include Bangladesh as Pakistan has joined as the eighth team in this event.

The 50-over tournament is just 12 days away to see different fans donning colourful jerseys while cheering up for their respective teams in English summers.

However, Sundaram Ravi is the only Indian umpire in the umpires’ panel to officiate at the ICC’s event.

According to the latest ICC’s release, David Boon, Chris Broad and Andy Pycroft has been appointed as the Match Referees, who will officiate in the mega event while being the part of Emirates Elite Panel of Match Referees for ICC.

Moreover, the 12 Elite Panel of ICC Umpires includes Marais Erasmus, Aleem Dar, Chris Gaffaney, Ian Gould, Kumar Dharmasena, Richard Kettleborough, Richard Illingworth, Rod Tucker, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel and Sundaram Ravi.

Aleem Dar from Pakistan is the senior most umpire, according to his services as an on-field umpire. It will be his fifth ICC Champions Trophy while being as an official.

“For Aleem, who won the ICC Umpire of the Year award from 2009 to 2011, it will be the fifth ICC Champions Trophy, while Gould will feature in his third ICC Champions Trophy,” ICC media release stated.

However, Indian umpire Sundaram Ravi and Australian umpire Rod Tucker will shoulder the responsibility while leading their way as on-field umpires for the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 between England and Bangladesh on June 1st at The Oval, whereas, Bruce Oxenford has been appointed as the third umpire followed by Chris Gaffaney, who will act as the fourth umpire in this process and David Boon will be the match referee.

“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,” it added.

The media release further explained that the names of match referees and umpires will be announced only after the teams would get confirmed for the semi-finals and final spot respectively.

Appointments of Umpires and Match Referees For Warm-up matches:

Fri, 26 May – Australia v Sri Lanka, The Oval (10h30): Ian Gould and S.Ravi (on-field), Aleem Dar (reserve umpire), David Boon (match referee)

Sat, 27 May – Bangladesh v Pakistan, Edgbaston (10h30): Richard Kettleborough and Paul Reiffel (on-field), Kumar Dharmasena (reserve umpire), Chris Broad (match referee)

*Sun, 28 May – India v New Zealand, The Oval (10h30): Aleem Dar and Bruce Oxenford (on-field), Ian Gould (third umpire), S.Ravi (fourth umpire), David Boon (match referee)

Mon, 29 May – Australia v Pakistan, Edgbaston (10h30): Kumar Dharmasena and Richard Illingworth (on-field), Paul Reiffel (reserve umpire), Chris Broad (match referee)

Tue, 30 May – New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Edgbaston (10h30): Richard Kettleborough and Paul Reiffel (on-field), Richard Illingworth (reserve umpire), Chris Broad (match referee)

*Tue, 30 May – India v Bangladesh, The Oval (10h30): Marais Erasmus and Nigel Llong (on-field), Aleem Dar (third umpire), Bruce Oxenford (fourth umpire), David Boon (match referee)

Note: According to ICC, asterisk denotes broadcast matches

Tournament fixtures of 2017 World Cup:

Thu, 1 June – England v Bangladesh, The Oval (10h30): S. Ravi and Rod Tucker (on-field), Bruce Oxenford  (third umpire), Chris Gaffaney (fourth umpire), David Boon (match referee)

Fri, 2 June – New Zealand v Australia, Edgbaston (10h30): Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough (on-field), Nigel Llong (third umpire), Kumar Dharmasena (fourth umpire), Andy Pycroft (match referee)

Sat, 3 June – Sri Lanka v South Africa, The Oval (10h30): Ian Gould and Aleem Dar (on-field), Paul Reiffel (third umpire), Bruce Oxenford (fourth umpire), David Boon (match referee)

Sun, 4 June – India v Pakistan, Edgbaston (10h30): Marais Erasmus and Kumar Dharmasena (on-field), Richard Kettleborough (third umpire), Rod Tucker (fourth umpire), Andy Pycroft (match referee)

Mon, 5 June – Australia v Bangladesh, The Oval (13h30): Nigel Llong and Chris Gaffaney (on-field), Ian Gould (third umpire), S.Ravi (fourth umpire), Chris Broad (match referee)

Tue, 6 June – England v New Zealand, Cardiff (10h30): Paul Reiffel and Bruce Oxenford (on-field), Rod Tucker (third umpire), Aleem Dar (fourth umpire), Andy Pycroft (match referee)

Wed, 7 June – Pakistan v South Africa, Edgbaston (13h30): Richard Illingworth and S.Ravi (on-field), Kumar Dharmasena (third umpire), Nigel Llong (fourth umpire), Chris Broad (match referee)

Thu, 8 June – India v Sri Lanka, The Oval (10h30): Richard Kettleborough and Rod Tucker (on-field), Marais Erasmus (third umpire), Paul Reiffel (fourth umpire), David Boon (match referee)

Fri, 9 June – New Zealand v Bangladesh, Cardiff (10h30): Nigel Llong and Ian Gould (on-field), Aleem Dar (third umpire), Richard Illingworth (fourth umpire), Chris Broad (match referee)

Sat, 10 June – England v Australia, Edgbaston (10h30); Chris Gaffaney and Kumar Dharmasena (on-field), S.Ravi (third umpire), Marais Erasmus (fourth), Andy Pycroft (match referee)

Sun, 11 June – India v South Africa, The Oval (10h30): Aleem Dar and Paul Reiffel (on-field), Richard Illingworth (third umpire), Richard Kettleborough (fourth umpire), David Boon (match referee)

Mon, 12 June – Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Cardiff (10h30): Bruce Oxenford and Marais Erasmus (on-field), Chris Gaffaney (third umpire), Ian Gould (fourth umpire), Chris Broad (match referee)

Wed, 14 June – First semi-final (A1 v B2), Cardiff (10h30), TBA

Thu, 15 June – Second semi-final (A2 v B1), Edgbaston (10h30), TBA

Sun, 18 June – Final, The Oval (10h30), TBA

Itinerary Courtesy: ICC Media Release


    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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