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CRICKET-Sir Richie and Wilson get semi-final duties. – Caribbean Times


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC—Though the West Indies have been knocked out of the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup, the Caribbean will still be represented in the semi-finals, which will be contested on Wednesday and Thursday in Trinidad and Guyana, respectively.

According to a news release from the tournament organizers, Sir Richie Richardson, the former West Indies captain, and Joel Wilson, the only two Caribbean match officials involved in the tournament, will perform duties in the two matches that will determine the finalists.

Sir Richie will be the match referee in the first semi-final between South Africa, looking to secure their first global title, and Afghanistan, playing in their first T20 World Cup semi-final, on Wednesday at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, Trinidad.

Wilson will be the TV umpire in the second semi-final on Thursday at the National Cricket Stadium in Providence, Guyana. The match will be between reigning champions England, looking to secure an unprecedented third T20 World Cup title, and India, seeking to justify their World No. 1 status in the format.

Joining Sir Richie for the first semi-final will be on-field umpires Richard Illingworth of England and Nitin Menon of India. Richard Kettleborough of England has been assigned TV umpire duties, and Ahsan Raza of Pakistan will serve as the reserve umpire.

For the second semi-final, Chris Gaffaney of New Zealand and Rodney Tucker of Australia will be on-field umpires when the Indians and English meet in the semi-finals for a second successive T20 World Cup.

Former New Zealand captain Jeff Crowe will referee the match, and former Australia pacer Paul Reiffel will serve as the reserve umpire.

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