Crowe in more WC final controversy
MUMBAI, April 2, AFP - New Zealand match referee Jeff Crowe found
himself involved in more World Cup final controversy as confusion
reigned at the toss between India and Sri Lanka on Saturday. After India
captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni spun the coin, it looked as if he thought
he had won the toss. But Crowe did not hear a call from Sri Lanka
captain Kumar Sangakkara who, as the visiting skipper was supposed to
nominate 'heads' or 'tails' while the coin was in the air.
There was a brief discussion between the two captains before former
New Zealand skipper Crowe ordered a re-toss -- an almost unheard of
event in any cricket match and certainly one of this importance. It was
not the first time Crowe had been at the centre of a World Cup final
controversy.Four years ago in Barbados, when Australia beat Sri Lanka,
Crowe was the match referee who oversaw a mistake by officials that led
to the game resuming in near total darkness.
The officials had forgotten that, as 20 overs had been bowled in the
second innings, a result could be declared.