Mumbai, Mar 31: Australia's Simon Taufel and Pakistan's Aleem Dar have been selected by the ICC to officiate as the on-field umpires for the title clash of the World Cup on April 2. The match will be played at Mumbai's Wankhede stadium.
In addition to the duo, Ian Gould and Steve Davis will be the third and fourth umpires for the match. New Zealand's Jeff Crowe will be the match referee.
India and Sri Lanka will clash in an all-Asian final for the most coveted trophy in cricket and as per rules, all officials for the match will have to be of neutral background. That apart, Taufel and Dar have had the most flawless tournament when compared to the other umpires who have a lot of their decisions reversed by the use of the UDRS.
Taufel won the Umpire of the Year award from 2004 to 2008 and since then it has been Dar who won it for 2009 an 2010. He started his international umpiring career in 1999 and has never officiated in any ODI World Cup final because of Australia's continued presence in the title showdown matches. However, he has officiated in the finals of 2007 ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa and the the 2004 Champions Trophy.
Dar, who started his international umpiring career in 2000, was one of the two on-field umpires of the 2007 World Cup final match between Australia and India and came in for heavy criticism due to the farcical end to the match.