Marais Erasmus, Kumar Dharmasena Named On-Field Umpires For The Final

Tanya Simon
July 15, 2019

Roy initially asked for a review, and replays showed he hadn't touched the ball, but he had to leave the field after it was pointed out to him that Jonny Bairstow had already used up England's challenge.

It has been announced that Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus will officiate the proceedings in the final of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup on Sunday, when England will take on New Zealand to decide who will walk home with the trophy. The officials had committed a blunder during the second semi-final between England and Australia and dismissed Jason Roy, which later confirmed to be a mistake.

Roy, who admitted the offence, was fined 30 percent of his match fee for breaching that section of the International Cricket Council's code of conduct that prohibits showing dissent at an umpire's decision. The stump mic picked up Roy muttering and calling the decision "f**king embarrassing".

Roy top-scored in England's eight-wicket win in the semi-final, passing 50 for the third consecutive time since returning from a hamstring injury. However, Aleem Dar will perform the role of the fourth umpire in the World Cup final.

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After the game, Roy was found guilty of breaching Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel. He was also named ICC's best umpire three years in a row from 2009 to 2011.

While the decision was quite obviously the incorrect one, Cowan said that Roy had no right to stand his ground after Dharmasena had raised his finger.

"The dissent he showed was nearly soccer-like, up, remonstrating with the umpires", Cowan said on ABC Grandstand's latest World Cup podcast. He also umpired the 2016 World T20 final.

England batsman Jason Roy could face disciplinary action after his blistering innings in Thursday's World Cup semi-final against Australia came to a controversial end at Edgbaston.

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