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ICC backs umpire’s decision in World Cup final

Dubai, Jul 28 (IANS) | Publish Date: 7/28/2019 11:54:19 AM IST

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has backed umpire Kumar Dharmasena after he was targeted for his controversial overthrow call in the World Cup final.

In the final of the showpiece event, Dharmasena awarded the hosts six runs when a throw from New Zealand’s Martin Guptill ricocheted off Ben Stokes’ bat and went to the boundary. The batsmen didn’t cross for their second run when the throw was sent on its way, so should have only been five runs. 
ICC, General Manager of Cricket, Geoff Allardice, noted that the umpires had to make a judgement call as to whether the batsmen had crossed when the throw was released. 
He said, “After everything that went on during that delivery, they got together over their comms system and made their decision. They certainly followed the right process when making the decision.”
“They were aware of the law when they made the judgement about whether the batsmen had crossed or not at the time. The playing conditions don’t allow them to refer to such a decision to a third umpire. The match referee cannot intervene when the umpires on the field have to make a judgement call like that,” he added.

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