IND Vs AUS Final: England’s Richard Illingworth and Richard Cattleborough will be the on-field umpires in the World Cup final between India and Australia on Sunday. Kettleborough has also umpired in the 2015 World Cup final, so this will be his second time. Then the second umpire Kumar Dharmasena was with him. The host country would like to repeat the achievement of the title won on its soil in 2011.
This is also Illingworth’s second World Cup final.
This will also be Illingworth’s second World Cup final but for the first time he will be present as a match official. He played as a player in the 1992 World Cup. Other officials for the final will be Joel Wilson of Trinidad and Tobago as the third umpire, Chris Gaffaney of New Zealand as the fourth umpire and match referee Andy Pycroft of Zimbabwe. All of them were part of the umpiring team of the semi-finals.
Illingworth present during India’s victory over New Zealand in Mumbai
Illingworth and Kettleborough were on-field umpires during this week’s semi-finals. Illingworth was present during India’s victory over New Zealand in Mumbai and Australia’s victory over South Africa in Kettleborough, Kolkata.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also watch the final
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles will be present at the stadium to watch the World Cup cricket final match to be played between India and Australia here on Sunday. An official release issued here said that Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel held a high-level meeting in Gandhinagar on Friday to monitor the security and other arrangements of the match to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera.
4,500 personnel deployed to take care of traffic management
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles will watch the match on Sunday,” the release said. Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel reviewed the security and other arrangements with top officials. According to the release, police officials informed the Chief Minister about the detailed arrangements made for the smooth conduct of the match, including the grounds, the team, VIPs. This involves deployment of 4,500 personnel to provide security and look after traffic management.
Common people should not face problems due to ‘VIP’ movement
The release said that the Chief Minister directed the officials to ensure that the common people do not face problems due to ‘VIP’ movement. He directed to provide proper information to the people in advance about closed and ‘diversion’ roads. The Chief Minister also directed the officials to increase the frequency of metro trains running towards Motera station (near the stadium) for the convenience of fans.
Fans from abroad also expected to reach Ahmedabad
Fans from different parts of the country and also from abroad are expected to reach Ahmedabad for this match. The Indian team reached here on Thursday evening, while the Australian team reached the city on Friday. The Indian team held a practice session at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday. The famous Suryakiran aerobatics team of the Indian Air Force is going to organize an air show before the match on Sunday.