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'Clear mistake' by umpires gave England the World Cup: Simon Taufel
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'Clear mistake' by umpires gave England the World Cup: Simon Taufel

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 15 Jul 2019, 02:04 pm

London, July 15 (IBNS): Former international umpire and Simon Taufel has admitted a "clear mistake" that enabled England to win its first World Cup, a report in Fox Cricket said.

Taufel is also a member of the panel that formulates cricket rules.

He said England were awarded six runs instead of five when a throw struck Ben Stokes' bat.

When England needed nine runs from the final three balls, New Zealander Martin Guptill's throw hit the outstretched bat of a diving Ben Stokes, sending the ball to the boundary.

The play was awarded six overthrows — four for the resulting boundary and two for the batsmen running between wickets.

According to Taufel, a five-time ICC Umpire of the Year winner, five runs should have been awarded instead of giving England an extra run and keeping Stokes on strike.

“They (England) should have been awarded five runs, not six,” the report quoted him as saying.

Image Credit: @cricketworldcup on Twitter