This marks Kettleborough’s second stint in the pivotal role, having previously officiated in the 2015 final alongside Kumar Dharmasena, witnessing Australia’s victory over New Zealand at the MCG in front of over 93,000 spectators.
Both Illingworth and Kettleborough, who ascended to the ICC International List on the same day in November 2009, served as on-field umpires during this week’s gripping semi-finals. Illingworth oversaw India’s win against New Zealand, while Kettleborough officiated Australia’s thrilling victory over South Africa.
For Sunday’s final, Joel Wilson will join the pair as the third umpire, with Chris Gaffaney as the fourth umpire, and match referee Andy Pycroft.
All these officials were part of the officiating teams in the semi-final matches.
Match officials for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 final: India v Australia, Ahmedabad, 19 November
On-field Umpires: Richard Illingworth & Richard Kettleborough
Third Umpire: Joel Wilson
Fourth Umpire: Chris Gaffaney
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft