WTC final umpires announced, this ‘unlucky’ umpire increased the risk of India’s defeat


New Delhi: The Indian team has to face New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) in England. Team India has worked hard for the last two years before this big match. India has reached this stage after dusting many big cricket playing countries of the world. But there are many things that can break Team India’s dream of winning WTC.

ICC elected umpire for WTC

England’s Richard Illingworth and Michael Gough will be the on-field umpires for the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand to be held in Southampton from June 18. Former England opener Chris Broad will play the role of ICC match referee in this prestigious match. The ICC said in a statement that Richard Kettleborough, a member of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) elite panel, will be the TV umpire, while Alex Worf of the Emirates ICC International Umpires Panel will be the fourth umpire.

This umpire is unlucky

Let us tell you that as an umpire, Richard Kettleborough has proved to be very unlucky for Team India, especially in the knockout matches of the ICC Trophy. Richard Kettlebrough has officiated in almost all of the ICC knockout matches India has played in the last few years. Not only this, India has also lost those matches. The bad thing is that Kettlebrough has been appointed as the third umpire in this match.

Lost in these big matches

When Richard Kettleborough officiated, India had to face defeat in many big matches. This includes the 2014 T20 World Cup final loss against Sri Lanka, the 2015 50 over World Cup semi-final loss against Australia, the 2016 T20 World Cup semi-final loss to the West Indies. Not only this, in the umpiring of Kettlebrough, India had to lose to Pakistan in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy and then Kettlebrough was the on-field umpire even when Team India lost to New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semi-final match.


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