New Delhi: Retired Australian umpire Simon Taufel, who is also on the MCC Laws sub-committee which makes the rules governing cricket, has said that there was an error of judgment on the part of on-field rules officials Marais Erasmus and Kumar Dharmasena in awarding six runs for overthrows on England all-rounder Ben Stokes instead of five.
Taufel was the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) manager of umpire performance and training as recently as 2015.
Speaking to Sydney Morning Herald, Taufel said, “There was a judgment error on the overthrow. The judgment error was the timing of when the fielder threw the ball. The act of the overthrow starts when the fielder releases the ball. That’s the act. It becomes an overthrow from the instant of the throw.”
Chasing 242 for victory, England needed nine from the final three balls of their regulation 50-overs. Stokes struck the ball into the deep off the third-last ball, and tried to complete a second run. However, a throw from New Zealand’s Martin Guptill ricocheted off Stokes’ bat as the batsman dived home, running away for four overthrows. England were awarded six runs.
But, according to Law 19.8, pertaining to an “overthrow or wilful act of fielder”, Stokes should only have been credited for five runs.
“If the boundary results from an overthrow or from the wilful act of a fielder, the runs scored shall be any runs for penalties awarded to either side, and the allowance for the boundary, and the runs completed by the batsmen, together with the run in progress if they had already crossed at the instant of the throw or act,” the law says.
Replays showed that Stokes and non-striker Adil Rashid hadn’t crossed at the time of the throw.
Taufel, who was named ICC umpire of the year every year from 2004 to 2008 and stood in the 2011 World Cup final, backed the on-field umpires but admitted that they had committed a mistake.
“…It’s unfortunate that there was a judgment error on the timing of the release of the ball and where the batsmen were. They did not cross on their second run, at the instant of the throw. So given that scenario, five runs should have been the correct allocation of runs, and Ben Stokes should have been at the non-striker’s end for the next delivery.
“We’re not perfect. You’ve got the best two umpires in the elite panel doing the final. They’re doing their best like the other two teams are. This is just part of the game. I think it’s unfair to say that the World Cup was decided by that one event.”
Skipper Kohli within his rights to voice his choice as coach: Ganguly
Kolkata: Virat Kohli has the right to say who he wants as the head coach, feels former India captain Sourav Ganguly.
“He is the captain so, he has got the right to say,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of the prize distribution ceremony for Zee Bangla Football League. national news
In his pre-departure press conference, India skipper Kohli had said the team would be very happy if Ravi Shastri continues as the head coach. national news
“The CAC hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted so far,” Kohli had said in Mumbai. national news
The newly formed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) co-member Anshuman Gaekwad saidZee Bangla Football League that that they will go in with an open mind when they sit down to interview the short-listed candidates.
The CAC — comprising India’s first World Cup winning captain and legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev, former batsman and coach Gaekwad and former women’s captain Shanta Rangaswamy — have been entrusted with the job of selecting a new head coach. national news
The current coaching staff were handed an extension till the tour of West Indies as their contract expired after the World Cup. India will play three Twenty20 internationals, three ODIs and two Tests in USA and the the Caribbean.
“We have to go with an open mind. There are interviews to be conducted. Lot of people from India and abroad have applied. We have to go there and assess things,” Gaekwad said.
Asked if the committee would keep Kohli in the loop before picking the next coach, Gaekwad said it was not mandatory.
“The captain can say anything. It doesn’t bother us. We are a committee. That’s his opinion and the BCCI takes a note of it, not us. cricket news
“It all depends on BCCI. BCCI has to give us guideline and then we will go accordingly. He has already said yesterday (what he wants). When we chose the women’s coach, we did not contact anybody. We did it on our own,” Gaekwad further said. cricket news
Asked about Gaekwad’s comments, Ganguly said: “Every individual is different so I cannot comment.” Ganguly also refused to comment on India and Mumbai opener Prithvi Shaw being banned by the BCCI for a doping violation.
“I am not sure what exactly is the truth. It won’t be right for me to comment,” he said. cricket news
Ashes series kicks off World Test Championship
Birmingham: The first Ashes Test marks the start of the ICC World Test Championship, so there will be more than the urn at stake. sports articles
Both teams go into the Test high on confidence: England, the ODI champions, bounced back strongly after an opening day set-back in the one-off Test against Ireland. Australia are full strength, hungry and well prepared. sports articles
Given England’s top-order woes, Joe Root, the captain, is likely to move up a spot to bat at No.3, with Joe Denly set to come in at No.4. The availability of Jofra Archer, who could get his maiden Test cap, is the one fitness concern for the hosts.
Australia opener David Warner was hit in the nets but is expected to be fit for the match. Justin Langer, the coach, has indicated that Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson will be in the XI.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) July 31, 2019
Australia will have to choose between the returning Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris as Warner’s opening partner. current sports news cricket news
Remember the last time
Australia hold the Ashes, having handed England a 4-0 drubbing at home in early 2018. But they have not won the series in England since 2001, when Steve Waugh’s side razed all in their path.
In 2015, they lost the series 3-2, with Stuart Broad setting up an unassailable lead in the fourth Test by bowling out Australia for 60 in the first innings at Trent Bridge. sports articles current sports news
The last meeting between the sides was in the World Cup semi-final, when England bowled Australia out for 223 and eased to an emphatic eight-wicket win. cricket news
England all-rounder Ben Stokes said: “Both teams are desperate to win, both sets of players are desperate to perform because Ashes series are where you get scrutinised and criticised more, or praised if you do well.”
Australia coach Justin Langer said: “I honestly think, it’s not about this Edgbaston Test match, it’s about how we endure right through a five-Test match series. It’s going to be a tough series no doubt, but how we endure that will probably be the team who wins the Ashes.” cricket news
Never asked umpires to cancel four overthrows: Stokes
London: All-rounder Ben Stokes has cleared the air regarding the controversial ‘six’ which was awarded to England during the World Cup final against New Zealand.
“I saw all of that. I was thinking to myself, did I say that? But hand on heart, I did not go up to the umpires and say something like that to the umpires,” he said in the latest episode of BBC podcast.
“I went straight to Tom Latham and said ‘Mate, I am so sorry’, looked over to Kane (Williamson) and said ‘I’m sorry’,” he added.
During the final over in England’s chase of 241 on July 14 at Lord’s, Stokes accidentally knocked the ball coming in from deep midwicket fielder and deflected it off to the third man boundary, while attempting to dive for his crease with an outstretched bat in a bid to complete his second run.
After consultation with Marais Erasmus and the rest of his umpiring colleagues, Kumar Dharmasena signalled six runs for the incident, meaning that England — who by then seemed to be drifting out of contention needing nine runs from three balls — were suddenly right back in the hunt for their World Cup glory needing three more from two.
England were adjudged winners of the World Cup on the basis of their superior boundary count — 22 fours and two sixes — to New Zealand’s 17 after the the match ended in a tie after regulation play and Super Over.
“It’s weird Aussies trying to be nice to you."
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) July 31, 2019
Earlier, Stokes’ teammate James Anderson had claimed that the all-rounder, who was hugely apologetic the moment the incident happened, had appealed to the umpires to overturn their decision.
“I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, ‘Can you take that four runs off. We don’t want it’,” Anderson had told BBC’s Tailenders podcast.
Dharmasena, who was targeted for his controversial overthrow call, had accepted his mistake, but said he didn’t regret the decision. ICC had also backed the Sri Lankan umpire over the issue.
Former India skipper Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee will also be discussing issues relating to the World Cup final, including the controversial boundary count back rule, in their next meeting in first quarter of 2020.
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