SA vs IND: ICC announces Match Officials for the final of T20 World Cup 2024

Jun 28, 2024

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Cricket enthusiasts around the globe are eagerly anticipating the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, set to take place between South Africa and India at Kensington Oval in Barbados on June 29. Both teams have maintained an unbeaten record throughout the tournament, promising an exciting and competitive finale. With high stakes and exceptional performances on the line, fans are buzzing with anticipation for what is expected to be a spectacular match.

ICC reveals Match Officials for the mega finale

In the lead-up to this highly anticipated clash, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the officials who will oversee the match. Chris Gaffaney and Richard Illingworth have been appointed as the on-field umpires, with Richard Kettleborough assigned as the TV umpire and Richie Richardson as the match referee. The selection of these officials is critical in ensuring the match is conducted fairly and efficiently.

Indian fans relieved as Richard Kettleborough is not on-field umpire

Indian supporters are particularly relieved to learn that Kettleborough will not be serving as an on-field umpire for this important match. Notably, Kettleborough, a member of the ICC’s Elite panel, has officiated several of India’s recent knockout games, including their painful loss in the ODI World Cup 2023 final. His presence has coincided with six of India’s knockout match defeats in ICC tournaments, creating a perception among fans that he brings bad luck to the Indian team. As a result, his absence from on-field duties is seen as a positive development by many Indian supporters.

Also READ: India vs South Africa, who will win T20 World Cup 2024? Predictions, Team analysis and Odds for the favourites

Team strategies for the final showdown

As the final approaches, both teams are fine-tuning their strategies to secure the coveted trophy. India, led by Rohit Sharma, aim to end a title drought that has persisted since their Champions Trophy victory in 2013. His leadership and batting skills will be crucial for India’s success. Meanwhile, South Africa, captained by Aiden Markram, are eager to claim their first T20 World Cup title. Markram’s leadership and form have been vital for the Proteas, and they will look to leverage their strengths to achieve a historic win.

Also READ: T20 World Cup 2024 Final, SA vs IND: Probable XI & Players to watch out for | South Africa vs India

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