ICC World Cup: Top five controversial moments

Ayush Gupta


ICC World Cup: Top five controversial moments

18 May 2019: ICC World Cup: Top five controversial moments

The ICC World Cup is one of the most watched cricketing events around the globe.

While it enthralls the fans, they also get to witness quite a few controversies each edition.

From Shane Warne's ban to Crown Trouble at Eden, there is a long list of it.

We take a look at a few of the top controversies to date.

Dubious target: South Africa's heart-breaking revised target in 1992

South Africa were playing their inaugural World Cup in 1992, and they were well on their course of reaching the final.

However, the interruption during their semis tie against England turned their fortunes upside down.

They required 22 off 13 when rain interrupted the game, and then the target was revised to 22 off just one delivery.

Indeed, a heart-breaking end!

Rough crowd: Crowd protest at Eden Gardens in 1996

Indian fans have always been passionate about the game. However, their passion occasionally takes a violent turn.

The 1996 semi-final at Eden Gardens between India and Sri Lanka saw a similar story, as India were on the verge of defeat.

India witnessed a collapse, as fans started pelting bottles to the ground, and set seats on fire, resulting in Lanka being awarded the match.

Cronje's earpiece: Hansie Cronje's earpiece during 1999

Former South African skipper Hansie Cronje had always been in the center of controversy.

In the 199 World Cup match against India, Cronje was spotted by Sourav Ganguly wearing an earpiece while fielding, seemingly taking instructions from coach Bob Woolmer.

While there was no law regarding the same, Ganguly reported it to the umpires, who, after consultation with the match referee, got it removed.

Warne ban: Shane Warne banned in 2003

Shane Warne was undoubtedly Australia's most prolific spinner. He was also in his prime during the 2003 World Cup.

However, right before the tournament, he tested positive for a banned substance Moduretic.

As a result, he was banned from international cricket for a year, therefore forcing him to miss out the World Cup.

However, it hardly had any impact as Australia won the title.

Woolmer's death: Bob Woolmer's death in 2007

Pakistan had a forgetful campaign in the 2007 World Cup, having been ousted from the group stage.

A day after their defeat to Ireland, coach Woolmer was found dead in his room at the team hotel.

While initial investigations suspected foul play, following a further lengthy investigation, it was concluded that he had died of natural causes.

This remains one of the biggest controversies.