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World cricket's biggest event will be held tomorrow night in Mumbai with the ICC Cricket World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka and although there will be no Australian team in the final, there plenty of local interest in the heavy-weight clash.
Cricket Australia (CA) CEO James Sutherland said it hurt not having an Australian team in the final, however with a lot of Indian and Sri Lanka fans in Australia along with umpires Simon Taufel and Steve Davis involved in the match, there would be plenty of excitement for the big encounter.
â€œIt's obviously disappointing not to see the Australian team play in the World Cup final, however this World Cup has been a great success and having been here to see it and knowing the television ratings, it is a very clear signal as to just how big the 2015 event is going to be,â€ Mr Sutherland said from India.
â€œThe India-Pakistan semi-final had 67.3 million viewers in India alone so I have no doubt all the India and Sri Lanka fans in Australia will be proudly wearing their colours tomorrow night and tuning into Fox Sports to support their team in the final.
â€œI wish all fans of India and Sri Lanka all the best for the game tomorrow and we look forward to welcoming them to our shores in 2015,â€ he said.
Although there is no Australian team in the final, Aussie umpire Taufel will be centre-stage in Mumbai as one of the two on-field umpires, while Davis will be in the chair as fourth official.
â€œThe Australian team's success in at the World Cup over a long period has been to the detriment of Simon Taufel who has, up until now, never been able to officiate in a World Cup Final,â€ Mr Sutherland said.
â€œIt's fantastic to see him get this opportunity and along with Steve Davis, they have been duly rewarded for their efforts. I wish both of them good luck for the game,â€ he said.
A veteran of 31 Tests and 104 ODIs, Davis said he was honoured to be selected for the role in the Final and was looking forward to the match.
â€œI am very fortunate to have been selected ahead of others who have had great tournaments, and I am looking forward to supporting the guys on the field in any way I can,â€ Davis said from India.
â€œI am also proud to be one of two Aussie umpires in the Final, which reflects on the high standard of umpires produced by the Australian system,â€ he said.
Additionally, two Australians are also heavily involved with the Sri Lankan team with coach Trevor Bayliss and his assistant Stuart Law.
The game will be broadcast live and in full on Fox Sports and ABC Digital and Online Radio. Channel Nine will join live at 11:50pm AEDT.
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