Two-time ICC Umpire of the Year, Marais Erasmus, will be the lone South African umpire on duty at the 2019 Cricket World Cup after he was named on the panel on Friday.
The International Cricket Council announced the appointments for the league phase of the World Cup, which comprises the best 22 match officials from around the globe.
The 16 umpires and six match referees finalised for the 48-match tournament include prominent members of past World Cup-winning sides. They will all play a vital part in the delivery of the 30 May-14 July tournament comprising the world’s top 10 ODI sides.
The opening match between hosts England and South Africa at The Oval will see three World Cup winners officiating. David Boon will be the match referee, Kumar Dharmasena one of the two on-field umpires and Paul Reiffel the third umpire. Bruce Oxenford will be the other on-field umpire and Joel Wilson the fourth official for the match.
Boon was a member of the Allan Border-led Australia side that won their first title in 1987, Dharmasena was part of Arjuna Ranatunga’s champion team of 1996, and Reiffel was a World Cup winner for Australia under Steve Waugh in 1999.
Erasmus was named ICC Umpire of the Year for the second successive year in 2017.
Others officiating during the tournament will be: Chris Broad, Jeff Crowe, Andy Pycroft, Ranjan Madugalle, Richie Richardson (all match referees); Aleem Dar, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Sundaram Ravi, Rod Tucker, Michael Gough, Paul Wilson (all umpires).
Match Referees: Chris Broad, David Boon, Andy Pycroft, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Richie Richardson.
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Sundaram Ravi, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker, Joel Wilson, Michael Gough, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Paul Wilson.