The Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday announced the match officials for the Independence Cup to be played between Pakistan and the World XI at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.
The series opener on 12 September will be officiated by Aleem Dar, the member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and Ahsan Raza of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires.
Shozab Raza, also a member of the international panel, will be the TV umpire.
The second match of the series on the following day will be officiated by Ahmed Shahab and Shozab Raza on field, while Ahsan Raza will be the TV umpire.
The third and final match of the series on 15 September will be umpired by Ahsan Raza and Shozab Raza, with Ahmed Shahab as the TV umpire.
The ICC has already appointed Sir Richie Richardson as match referee for the series, while the PCB has appointed on-field umpires for the T20Is.
Aleem Dar, who was the ICC Umpire of the Year from 2009-2011, has been appointed only for the opening match as he is scheduled to attend the ICC Elite Match Officials workshop in Dubai from 13-15 September. In this year’s annual workshop at the ICC Headquarters, the match officials will discuss, among other matters, the new playing conditions, which will come into effect from 28 September.
Pakistan – except for a short tour of Zimbabwe in 2015 – haven’t hosted international cricket on its soil since the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in March 2009. They have been forced to stage their home matches at the United Arab Emirates, depriving them of the crucial home advantage.
The following are the umpire and match referee appointments for the Independence Cup:
Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza (on-field); Shozab Raza (third umpire); Ahmed Shahab (fourth umpire). Sir Richie Richardson (match referee)
Ahmed Shahab and Shozab Raza (on-field); Ahsan Raza (third umpire); Asif Yaqoob (fourth umpire). Sir Richie Richardson (match referee)
Ahsan Raza and Shozab Raza (on-field); Ahmed Shahab (third umpire); Khalid Mahmood Snr (fourth umpire). Sir Richie Richardson (match referee)