Richard Kettleborough

Richard Kettleborough is an English international cricket umpire. He was born on 15 March 1973 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. He is a member of the International Panel of ICC Umpires and Elite Panel of ICC Umpires.

Early career

Kettleborough played first class cricket for 5 years. He was a left-handed batsman and a part time right-arm fast medium bowler. He played 33 first class matches in his career for Yorkshire and Middlesex. He scored 1258 runs at an average of 25.16 and managed to pick 3 wickets. He has 1 century and 7 half-centuries to his name. His highest score is 108.

In 21 List A games, he managed to score 2900 runs at an average of 24.16 and has picked up 6 wickets. He has only one half-century and his highest score is 58. He played his last domestic game on 9 September 1999 against Surrey.

Umpiring career

He made his international debut as an umpire in a T20I between England and Australia at Manchester on 30 August 2009. His first ODI was also on the same tour on 15 September 2009 at Nottingham. Kettleborough was promoted to the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires just two years later in 2011.

He stood in some major matches like the final of the 2015 ICC World Cup; and the first semi-final and the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy. He also stood in 4 matches in the 2011 World Cup.

He is known as ‘Kettlebot’ because of his accuracy in LBW decisions.

He won the David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year for three consecutive years in 2013, 2014 and 2015.


Kettleborough has stood in 50 Tests and has been a TV umpire in 17 Tests. In 108 ODIs, he has stood in 74 and been a TV umpire in 34. In 31 T20Is, he has stood in 22 and has been a TV umpire in 9.


Richard once missed a day in an ongoing Test match between India and Sri Lanka due to throat infection. It was the third day’s play in the first Test on Sri Lanka’s tour of India.

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