Umpire Joel Wilson will be one of the match officials named for the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 ongoing in India. The 56-year-old, a member of the top-tier elite panel of international umpires will be the video replays umpire for the first semi-final between hosts India and New Zealand on Wednesday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
This is the third successive World Cup for Wilson, and he has stood in the middle in eight of the preliminary matches in this year’s tournament, performed TV umpire duties in two, and was reserve umpire for two others.
Australian Rod Tucker, who will be standing in his 100th ODI during the match, and Richard Illingworth of England will be the field umpires for the contest, a rematch of the same semi-final that the Black Caps won four years ago in England.
Illingworth was also a field umpire on that occasion when New Zealand won by 18 runs in a weather-affected match spread over two days at Old Trafford, while Tucker was the third umpire for the same match.
Tucker stood in his first ODI in January 2009, and the team of match officials for the contest between the Indians and the New Zealanders will be completed by match referee Andy Pycroft of Zimbabwe, and Adrian Holdstock of South Africa.
Englishman Richard Kettleborough, who also reached 100 ODIs during this tournament, will add to his tally when he stands in the second semi-final between Australia and South Africa on Thursday in Kolkata. Indian umpire Nitin Menon, officiating in his first World Cup, will join him on the field, while Chris Gaffaney of New Zealand will be the TV replays umpire, former India pacer Javagal Srinath will be the match referee, and Englishman Michael Gough will be the reserve umpire.
Semi-final 1: India v New Zealand
Wednesday 15 November, Mumbai
On-Field Umpires: Richard Illingworth & Rod Tucker
Third Umpire: Joel Wilson
Fourth Umpire: Adrian Holdstock
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft
Semi-final 2: Australia v South Africa
Thursday 16 November, Kolkata
On-Field Umpires: Richard Kettleborough and Nitin Menon
Third Umpire: Chris Gaffaney
Fourth Umpire: Michael Gough
Match Referee: Javagal Srinath