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Alien
June 22, 2007, 10:46 AM
Punishments handed out for farcical final

World Cup officials slammed by ICC

Cricinfo staff

June 22, 2007

The International Cricket Council has delivered a humiliating punishment on the five match officials whose combined errors caused the World Cup final in Barbados to be completed amid farcical scenes of near-darkness.

The two onfield umpires, Steve Bucknor and Aleem Dar; the reserve umpires Rudi Koertzen and Billy Bowden, and the match referee, Jeff Crowe, have all been suspended for the duration of the next ICC event, the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa in September.

"It would have been easy to let sleeping dogs lie and pretend nothing happened," said Malcolm Speed, the ICC's chief executive. "But the reality is that the playing control team made a serious and fundamental error that caused the final of our flagship event to end in disarray and confusion."

The World Cup, which had already been dogged by poor crowds, bad publicity, and one-sided cricket, not to mention the lingering shadow of Bob Woolmer's death in Jamaica, desperately needed a successful final between Australia and Sri Lanka to salvage some respect.

Instead, it got the most farcical finish of all time. With the match already all but decided in Australia's favour, Sri Lanka conceded defeat in rapidly fading light. They were down to their tail-enders and still needed 63 runs from the remaining 18 balls of the innings, but the five officials ruled that the teams would have to return to complete the match the following day, even though the minimum 20 overs in the second innings had already been bowled.

After a lengthy delay, Mahela Jayawardene agreed to send his batsmen back out to face Australia's spinners, and the game was completed in the dark with a cacophony of boos ringing around the ground. An apologetic Crowe immediately took the blame as manager of the playing control team, but following a review by the ICC's cricket manager, Dave Richardson, it was decided that further censorship was called for.

"That was not acceptable for such experienced and talented officials," added Speed. "Although we do not like to have to take such action, we felt it was necessary to decline to appoint them for our next event, the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa. We feel that to stand them down for this two-week tournament is a proportionate measure."

Reacting to the decision, Crowe said: "While it is never easy to take criticism, I think it is right that there are consequences for our actions as match officials. In this instance I understand that the ICC could not merely let it go.

"We set ourselves high standards as match officials and at the end of that day we did not reach those standards. It was not a pleasant experience for us but hopefully now we can look forward and learn from it."

The appointments of match referees and umpires for the Twenty20 Championships will be made and announced in due course. The tournament, involving the ten ICC Full Members, as well as Kenya and Scotland, is scheduled to take place at three venues - Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg - between September 11 and 24.

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MohammedC
June 22, 2007, 10:59 AM
That is one crazy news, They have made big mistake in WC2007 but these 4 umpire are very important to the game specially Aleem Dar, Brent "Billy" Bowden and of course Steve Bucknor. Billy brings exitement when he signals a Six (because there will be a lot of those in Twenty20) also he is very good umpire. All 3 of them will be missed. Rudi was a very good umpire but lately he is making too many mistakes so I wont miss him.

One World
June 22, 2007, 11:45 AM
No not Steve Bucknor!!!!!!

One World
June 22, 2007, 11:46 AM
Dont you think this decision is not less farcical than what they did

rah
June 22, 2007, 11:50 AM
Noooooooooooooooo
We Need Dem Umpires Bak

Sovik
June 22, 2007, 03:21 PM
what took him so long to understand that they made the mistake

israr
June 22, 2007, 04:59 PM
Dont you think this decision is not less farcical than what they did

You are probably right. It was not completely the umpires mistake during the WC final, the whole drama was due to the situation that led to the dilemma of the officials in the field.

ammark
June 22, 2007, 06:12 PM
Relax.. its just 20-20s. It doesnt bring down the credibility of Aleem Dhar, Billy Bowden, Jeff Crowe, Rudi Koertzen and Steve Bucknor. The reason they were umpiring the final is because they're the elites.... the most experienced. Quite obviously this was one exceptional circumstance. Doesnt mean they've been demoted - that would be ICC shooting themselves in the foot. And the time delay definitely does mean that there has been an inquiry into the matter. Ideally ICC should also look into how this circumstance can never be repeated by amending their stiff laws.

WarWolf
June 22, 2007, 06:23 PM
I think this is a good sign. In the recent past we saw umpires making so many mistakes and still get away with it. A good example for this was last India-Bangladesh series. We should consider this as a good warning from ICC for the sake of cricket.

nzfan
June 22, 2007, 08:49 PM
Poor Billy, that guy is a legend

sandpiper
June 22, 2007, 09:06 PM
disregarding their unpiring career record, they ARE responsible to make the closing like a farce, I think they deserve this which would be a lesson for the future match officials.

Electrequiem
June 22, 2007, 10:12 PM
What a travesty. Some of the cricketing world's greatest officials ... suspended.

ammark
June 22, 2007, 11:26 PM
What a travesty. Some of the cricketing world's greatest officials ... suspended.

for a 20-20 tourny. THats like saying they wont be officiating at the minor leagues. On the plus side it shows that Asoka de Silvas cant take their twitchy arms for granted anymore.

Surfer
June 23, 2007, 12:40 AM
That was a fundamental mistake and deserved a punishment like this. An error in judgment is excusable. But a mistake owing to ignorance is not. They should know the rules in the least. Good decision by ICC.

Sohel
June 23, 2007, 06:31 AM
Relax.. its just 20-20s. It doesnt bring down the credibility of Aleem Dhar, Billy Bowden, Jeff Crowe, Rudi Koertzen and Steve Bucknor. The reason they were umpiring the final is because they're the elites.... the most experienced. Quite obviously this was one exceptional circumstance. Doesnt mean they've been demoted - that would be ICC shooting themselves in the foot. And the time delay definitely does mean that there has been an inquiry into the matter. Ideally ICC should also look into how this circumstance can never be repeated by amending their stiff laws.

Thank you.

Alien
June 24, 2007, 05:02 AM
I wonder who'll replace these 4. I see them in most games.

Surfer
June 24, 2007, 06:49 AM
I wonder who'll replace these 4. I see them in most games.

No one will 'replace' these four. ICC will just make a team of the available umpires. The 20-20 WC should be a good chance to try some less experienced umpires. 20-20 sucks anyways.

Alien
June 24, 2007, 06:55 AM
No one will 'replace' these four. ICC will just make a team of the available umpires. The 20-20 WC should be a good chance to try some less experienced umpires. 20-20 sucks anyways.

That's what I meant by "replace", finding another 4 to take the missing spots.

Sovik
June 24, 2007, 07:02 AM
i fell in love, with ICC

Surfer
June 24, 2007, 07:12 AM
i fell in love, with ICC

Hope its a passing affair and you are not too serious.....else the break up will be difficult.;)

OZGOD
June 25, 2007, 01:28 AM
I think it's fair enough. Players get suspended or dropped for screwing up, it's only fair that officials be held to the same standard.

As for the ICC executive branch, it's up to the ICC board to provide the oversight that is needed and any corrective action regarding Speed and the other snapperheads (including that bloke who organised the WC, I forget his name) needs to be taken by them.

Trigger_Tiger
June 25, 2007, 10:35 AM
5 Great Umpires suspended. Great! SO why not just suspend the ICC for their horrible organization of the WC '07?

Sovik
June 25, 2007, 01:20 PM
Hope its a passing affair and you are not too serious.....else the break up will be difficult.;)


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