New Delhi: In the second semi-final encounter between England and Australia at Edgbaston on July 11, English opener Jason Roy, dismissed by Pat Cummins, refused to walk after he was adjudged out by umpire Kumar Dharmasena.
Roy, who was nearing his 10th ODI century and was hitting Australian bowlers for boundaries, reportedly edged a ball and was caught behind by Alex Carey, with Dharmasena giving him out.
As England had exhausted their reviews, a fuming Roy could not ask for the decision to be re-evaluated. However, as he stood his ground, umpire Dharmasena signalled to the third umpire to look into it. Australia objected to this, and the decision was left upon the on-ground umpires.
Level of Umpiring #CWC19
Dharmasena Hesitated , Said no & then raised his Finger. #JasonRoy missed a deserving century .
Why the hell Each team has only 1 review per innings? #ENGvAUS #EngvNZL pic.twitter.com/GzbFntjd5Y
— S.Roy (@FossilisedRoy) July 12, 2019
In the end, leg umpire Marais Erasmus had to intervene, and the furious batsman eventually walked back. The controversy surrounding the decision was slammed by fans on Twitter, due to the gravity of the match and stage.
After the game, ICC took cognisance of the issue and fined Jason Roy for violating Level One of the ICC Code of Conduct.
The ICC in a statement said, “Jason Roy has been fined 30 percent of the match fee after admitting the offence and sanction, with no formal hearing to take place. Two demerit points have been added to his disciplinary record. He won’t face any suspension.”
England defeated arch-rivals Australia in the second semi-final and qualified for the finale after 27 years. The Kangaroos were bundled out by England at 224 and the English team achieved the target with 108 balls to spare.
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