Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has revealed the lineup of match officials for the upcoming U-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup, scheduled to take place in South Africa from January 19 to February 11. Two notable Indian representatives, umpire KN Ananthapadmanabhan and match referee Narayanan Kutty, both hailing from Kerala, have been selected to officiate in the prestigious age-group tournament.
A total of 16 experienced umpires and four match referees have been chosen to oversee the 41 matches featuring the world’s best young cricketers. The initial group stage fixtures have also seen the appointment of a skilled team for the opening match between hosts South Africa and the former U-19 champion nation, the West Indies, in Potchefstroom on January 19.
For the East London fixture between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Bongani Jele and Kerala’s Padmanabhan will serve as on-field umpires. Meanwhile, Narayanan Kutty, another representative from the southern state of Bharat, will take on the role of match referee. The TV umpire and fourth umpire duties will be handled by Australia’s Phil Gillespie and Zimbabwe’s Forster Mutizwa, respectively.