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

ICC World Cup 2019: Marais Erasmus, Kumar Dharmasena Named On-Field Umpires For The Final

Kumar Dharmasena, ICC World Cup 2019
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International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced umpires and officials for the final of the Men’s Cricket World Cup, which is to be played between England and New Zealand. The appointments have been done following the conclusion of the two semi-finals on Thursday.

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena and Marias Erasmus of South Africa were Friday appointed as the on-field umpires for the World Cup final between hosts England and New Zealand at the iconic Lord’s on Sunday.

Australia’s Rod Tucker will be the third umpire while Pakistan’s Aleem Dar will be the fourth official, the ICC said in a statement. Sri Lanka’s Ranjan Madugalle will be the match referee for the summit clash.

Marais Erasmus, Kumar Dharmasena
Marais Erasmus

Kumar Dharmasena involved in an argument with Jason Roy:

All the officials appointed for the final were also in charge of the second semifinal between England and Australia, which the hosts won by eight wickets on Thursday.

It was surprising to see ICC asking Kumar Dharmasena to officiate the finals of the tournament after the heated argument in the semifinal when Jason Roy was given out after the continuous appeals from the Australian players.

Jason Roy was furious as according to him the ball didn’t touch his bat or gloves but he had to abide by the decision as England had already lost their review by then.

Roy, who had a few words with the umpires, was later fined 30 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent against the on-field officials.

Coming to the final of the game, it is between England and New Zealand, who thrashed Australians and Indians respectively. It is the second consecutive final for New Zealand, who lost it in the final against Australia in 2015 under the captaincy of Brendon McCullum.