Alex Wharf

English cricketer and umpire

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Alex Wharf
Personal information
Full name
Alexander George Wharf
Born (1975-06-04) 4 June 1975 (age 48)
Bradford, England
Nickname Gangster
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler, umpire
International information
National side .mw-parser-output .plainlist ol,.mw-parser-output .plainlist ul{line-height:inherit;list-style:none;margin:0;padding:0}.mw-parser-output .plainlist ol li,.mw-parser-output .plainlist ul li{margin-bottom:0}

ODI debut (cap 183) 1 September 2004 v India
Last ODI 13 February 2005 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
1994–1997 Yorkshire
1998–1999 Nottinghamshire
2000–2009 Glamorgan
Umpiring information
Tests umpired 4 (2021–2023)
ODIs umpired 12 (2018–2023)
T20Is umpired 36 (2018–2022)
WTests umpired 2 (2015–2019)
WODIs umpired 11 (2011–2022)
WT20Is umpired 13 (2013–2020)
Career statistics
Competition ODI FC LA T20
Matches 13 121 155 33
Runs scored 19 3,570 1,411 157
Batting average 9.50 23.03 16.21 12.07
100s/50s 0/0 6/14 0/1 0/0
Top score 9 128* 72 19
Balls bowled 584 16,825 6,497 644
Wickets 18 293 192 39
Bowling average 23.77 37.34 28.91 26.35
5 wickets in innings 0 5 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 1 0 0
Best bowling 4/24 6/59 6/5 4/39
Catches/stumpings 1/– 63/– 42/– 5/–
Source: Cricinfo, 21 June 2023

Alexander George Wharf (born 4 June 1975)[1] is an English cricket umpire and former international cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-handed fast-medium bowler, who ended his career with the Welsh side Glamorgan County Cricket Club.

Domestic career[edit]

Wharf commenced his first-class cricketing career with Yorkshire in 1994, and played seven such matches for the county until 1997.[1] He later joined Nottinghamshire, before moving to Glamorgan in 2000.

Wharf announced his retirement from cricket during the 2009 County Championship, after failing to recover from a long-term injury. In 2010, Wharf played in the South Wales Premier Cricket League for Sully Centurians.[2]

International career[edit]

He never played Test cricket, but made his England One Day International debut at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, against India in 2004. Altogether he won 13 ODI caps.

Umpiring career[edit]

In 2011, he was added to the England and Wales Cricket Board list of reserve umpires, alongside the late Russell Evans and Billy Taylor.[2]

Along with Rob Bailey, he was one of the two onfield umpires for the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge match played at Lord’s on 31 May 2018.[3] The next month, he stood in his first One Day International (ODI) match, between England and Australia, at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on 16 June 2018.[4]

In October 2019, he was appointed as one of the twelve umpires to officiate matches in the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament in the United Arab Emirates.[5] In February 2020, the ICC named him as one of the umpires to officiate in matches during the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia.[6] In June 2021, Wharf was named as the fourth official for the 2021 ICC World Test Championship Final.[7] In August 2021, in the third match between England and India, Wharf stood in his first Test match as an umpire.[8]

In February 2022, he was named as one of the on-field umpires for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.[9][10]
In September 2023, he was named as one of the sixteen match officials for 2023 Cricket World Cup.[11][12]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b “Umpires list – 2011”. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  3. ^ “ICC World XI tour of England at London, May 31 2018”. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  4. ^ “Alex Wharf to umpire his first One-Day International in Cardiff”. BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  5. ^ “Match Officials announced for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019”. International Cricket Council. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  6. ^ “ICC announces Match Officials for all league matches”. International Cricket Council. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  7. ^ “Match officials for ICC World Test Championship Final announced”. International Cricket Council. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  8. ^ “India vs England third Test: Umpire Alex Wharf had dismissed Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid on debut”. New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  9. ^ “Eight women among 15 Match Officials named for ICC World Cup 2022”. Women’s CricZone. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  10. ^ “Match officials chosen for ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022”. International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  11. ^ “Match officials for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 named”. Retrieved 22 September 2023.
  12. ^ “ICC announce Match Officials for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023”. Retrieved 22 September 2023.

External links[edit]

Alex Wharf at ESPNcricinfo

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