Six Englishmen will be among the 31 match officials at next month’s World Twenty20 in India, the International Cricket Council have announced.
Match referee Chris Broad, the father of England paceman Stuart Broad, will be joined by umpires Michael Gough, Ian Gould, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough and Nigel Llong at the global event.
Former Durham batsman Gough is one of 12 umpires set to make their World T20 debuts.
Gould and Illingworth will be involved in the tournament opener, between Zimbabwe and Hong Kong in Nagpur on March 8, as on-field umpire and fourth umpire respectively.
The umpire and match referee appointments for the finals have yet to be announced, but Kettleborough has experience of umpiring showpieces after standing in the middle for last year’s 50-over World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Among the 24 umpires are females Kathy Cross and Claire Polosak, of New Zealand and Australia respectively.
Cross will make history in Chennai on March 16 when she will become the first female umpire to officiate in the World T20, while Polosak will make her debut at a global event two days later in Mohali.