With just 10 days to go for the ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand, the International Cricket Council has announced the match officials for the much-anticipated summit clash. The names of the officials have been made public on Tuesday and it is Richard Illingworth and Michael Gough who have been selected as the on-field umpires for the titular clash set to happen from 18-22 June at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Southampton. Meanwhile, Chris Broad, from the ICC elite panel of match referees will oversee the proceedings.
In addition, Richard Kettleborough, also a member of the elite panel, will be the TV umpire, and Alex Wharf of the ICC International Panel of Umpires will be the fourth official. ICC Senior Manager (Umpires and Referees) Adrian Griffith, in a statement, wished the officials all the best and said that the sport is lucky to have such top officials for the final of the inaugural Test Championship cycle amid a global health emergency.
Pleased to announce an experienced team of match officials: ICC Senior Manager
"We are pleased to announce an experienced team of match officials for the final of the World Test Championship," said Adrian Griffith.
"It has not been an easy time with the pandemic, but we are fortunate to have a group of officials at the top of their field who have been consistent over the years in this momentous fixture. We wish them all the very best," he added.
The Kiwis are currently involved in a two-match Test series against England and will enter the WTC bio-bubble on June 15 after complying all the mandatory the pre-requisites. On the other hand, India are already at the venue after landing on June 3 and have been permitted to train post a 5-day quarantine.