ICC announces umpires for Pak-India Champions Trophy final

MUMBAI, INDIA - MARCH 31: Umpire Richard Kettleborough calls a no ball after Lendl Simmons of the West Indies was caught off thr bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin of India during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Semi Final match between West Indies and India at Wankhede Stadium on March 31, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

South Africa’s Marais Erasmus and England’s Richard Kettleborough have been declared the on-field umpires for the Champions Trophy final between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced.

Both officials are known for their calm conduct, 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-rated clash.

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. Sunday’s match will be the 44-year-old Kettleborough’s 72nd ODI as an umpire.