LONDON – South Africa’s Marais Erasmus and England’s Richard Kettleborough will officiate at the Champions Trophy final between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Saturday.
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Both umpires are known for their calm demeanour, a quality that could come in useful with a capacity and raucous crowd expected at The Oval in south London on Sunday when India and Pakistan meet in the latest edition of international cricket’s most high-profile clash.
Sunday’s match will be the 44-year-old Kettleborough’s 72nd ODI as an umpire.
Erasmus, a 53-year-old former Boland fast-medium bowler, will be standing in his 71st one-day international, having officiated during Pakistan’s eight-wicket semi-final win over tournament hosts England in Cardiff on Wednesday.