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Dharmasena to stand in WC final despite Roy row

Roy fined for showing dissent towards umpire

Dharmasena to stand in WC final despite Roy row

Sports Desk Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena has been appointed to stand in the World Cup final between England and New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday despite finding himself involved in a controversial incident with home batsman Jason Roy. The Surrey opener had made 85 to set England on their way to an eventual eight-wicket win against Australia in Thursday’s semi-final at Edgbaston, when he was given out caught behind down the legside by Dharmasena. Roy requested a review but England had already used their lone review of the innings. Nevertheless, Dharmasena incorrectly signalled for a review, with Australia pointing out his mistake. Roy, his arms spread wide, clearly believed Dharmasena should have signalled a wide delivery instead and the audibly furious batsman had to be ushered away from the crease by square-leg umpire Marais Erasmus. Replays suggested he did not touch the ball. The England star, 28, was fined 30 percent of his match fee for showing dissent and received two demerit points from match referee Ranjan Madugalle. That took his tally for the World Cup to three but match bans only kick in when a player collects four demerit points in total, leaving Roy available to feature on Sunday as England bid to win the World Cup for the first time. South Africa’s Erasmus will be the other onfield umpire in the final, with experienced Sri Lankan official Madugalle once again the match referee. But in a change from the Edgbaston line-up, Australia’s Rod Tucker will be the third umpire instead of New Zealand’s Chris Gaffaney, who was ruled out of officiating in the showpiece match once the Black Caps beat India in Wednesday’s first semi-final at Old Trafford. ANOTHER NEWS ADDS: England opener Jason Roy has been fined 30 percent of his match fee for breaching Level One of the ICC Code of Conduct during the second semifinal against Australia in Manchester on Thursday (July 11). Two demerit points have also been added to his disciplinary record for the transgression. As per the ICC, “Roy was found to have breached Article 2.8 ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to showing dissent at an umpires decision in an international match. In addition to the 30% fine, two demerit points have been added to Roy’s disciplinary record.” Roy’s outburst was the result of umpire Kumar Dharmasena’s decision to rule him out after Australia appealed for a caught behind. Dharmasena’s decision came a little late, and left the opener flummoxed by it. Replays showed there was clear daylight between bat and ball, but since Jonny Bairstow had already used up the review unsuccessfully, Roy - who first gestured for a review - had to be told by the square leg umpire to walk off, after he stood his ground and had a few things to say while gesturing towards Dharmasena. This was viewed as dissent - an offence he admitted to and accepted the sanctions for, after on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Dharmasena, third umpire Chris Gaffaney and fourth official Aleem Dar levelled the charges against him.

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