Match officials announced for World Cup`s first semi-final at Wankhede

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced the match officials for the semi-final clash between India and New Zealand in the ongoing period. ICC World Cup 2023.

“Rod Tucker will be in his 100th ODI during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 semi-final between India and New Zealand. The 2019 runner-up, which India won at the same stage four years ago,” ICC said in an official statement.

In the first semi-final, the Rohit Sharma-led Team India will take on New Zealand on Wednesday in the high-pressure clash at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Australia will face South Africa in the other semi-final on Thursday at Eden Gardens.

Illingworth was also the on-field umpire when New Zealand won by 18 runs in a weather-affected match over two days at Old Trafford, with Tucker as the third umpire.

Tucker made his ODI debut in January 2009 and will be joined by third umpire Joel Wilson, fourth umpire Adrian Holdstock and match referee Andy Pycroft for his landmark match.

Richard Kettleborough has also achieved a century of ODIs during this tournament and will add to his tally when he oversees the second semi-final between Australia and South Africa in Kolkata.

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Kettleborough’s milestone was achieved when the Netherlands played in Sri Lanka on 21 October, and this will be the third consecutive World Cup in which he has taken charge in the semi-final.

He will be joined on the field by Nitin Menon officiating in his first World Cup, while Chris Gaffaney will act as the third umpire. Michael Gough (fourth umpire) and Javagal Srinath (match referee) finish fifth.

Another milestone achieved during the World Cup was Ahsan Raza’s 50th ODI, in the match between England and the Netherlands in Pune on 8 November.

ICC Umpires and Referees Manager Sean Easey congratulated the match officials for their efforts.

“We are delighted to announce the match officials for the semi-finals of the World Cup. The team of officials have performed to a high standard up to this point in the event, and I wish them the best of luck in the finals,” said Easey.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Rod and Richard on their milestones during this World Cup. Such achievements are only earned through strong and consistent performances, which is a credit to each of them,” he said.

(With agency input)

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