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Taufel and Dar to umpire World Cup final

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March 31, 2011

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Umpire Simon Taufel on the field during England's game against South Africa, England v South Africa, Group B, World Cup, Chennai, March 6, 2011
Simon Taufel will stand in his first ODI World Cup final in Mumbai on Saturday © Getty Images
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Simon Taufel and Aleem Dar have been named as the on-field Umpires for the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka on Saturday. Ian Gould and Steve Davis will be third and fourth umpires, respectively, while Jeff Crowe will perform match referee duties for the game.

The DRS has played a strong role in this World Cup - sometimes controversially - but both Taufel and Dar have had largely flawless tournaments, while Gould and Davis have also been generally accurate in their decisions.

Two of the younger umpires on the ICC's elite panel, Taufel and Dar's umpiring careers have run almost concurrently. Taufel officiated in his first one-day international in January 1999, while Dar's first international came just over a year later, and since then both have earned reputations for consistently accurate decision-making.

Taufel was named Umpire of the Year for five consecutive years from 2004 to 2008, and when he finally lost the title it was to Dar, who won the award in both 2009 and 2010.

Both have stood in two previous World Cups, and in 2007 Dar was one of the on-field umpires for the final between Australia and Sri Lanka - although he came in for some criticism after the farcical finale of that match for his role in misinterpreting the rules regarding bad light.

Taufel officiated in the final of the 2004 Champions Trophy and as the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa, where he was an on-field umpire in the thrilling India v Pakistan final. He once joked "if Ricky and the boys slip up eventually I might get the chance to do a [World Cup] final", and with Australia having crashed out of this tournament after three consecutive World Cup triumphs, he will finally get his chance.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland welcomed Taufel's appointment. "The Australian team's success in World Cups over a long period of time has been to the detriment of Simon Taufel who has never been able to officiate in a World Cup final," Sutherland told AFP. "It's fantastic to see him get this opportunity."


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Posted by Dummy4 on (April 2, 2011, 15:31 GMT)

so far DAR has done a better job in final, Taufel has got to reverse one. DAR u have been gifted with great EYES, you set the new standards to be in centre. WE LOVE U

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 2, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

well done Sir, with Dar around they dont need no third umpire or reviews.

Posted by Andrew on (April 2, 2011, 2:34 GMT)

2 very good umpires. they are probably the 2 best in the world since steve bucknor retired. steve bucknor = best umpire of all time. 4 or 5 world cup finals.

Posted by Sachin on (April 2, 2011, 0:38 GMT)

2 best umpires and 2 best teams of the cup

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 1, 2011, 16:36 GMT)

simon taufel is the best.............

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 1, 2011, 12:33 GMT)

had pakistan beaten india in semis, Dar wud av ben waitin 4hiz chance 2offici8 de biggest game an umpire can.

Posted by Joseph Roshantha Kingston on (April 1, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

They will definitely do a great job!

All the very best!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 1, 2011, 11:03 GMT)

This means we are still in the final. Cheers !!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 1, 2011, 11:01 GMT)

Simon taufel is a great umpire, he knows how to handle the pressure and how to tackle players. He never shows a wrong body language to anybody. Due to Australia's performance in previous world cups, he lost his place as the field umpire in finals. I wish him all the very best to the big final. Aleem Dar is also great in his decision making. but sometimes he makes some ugly decisions, the one like in last WC final. Even in the last semi final against SL & NZ match he made one ugly decision by trying to stop the bowler once he passed the umpire. The reason behind that was a fire cracking activity which took place outside the ground. fortunately for Dar it was not a hot moment of the match. otherwise he would have to face some serous problems this time too. but however i wish him good luck too to have a great final.

Posted by Nalin on (April 1, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

Asoka de silva is the third umpire I hear

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