Fred Goodall Dies: New Zealand cricket umpire Fred Goodall has passed away. He was part of the controversial Test series between New Zealand and West Indies in 1980. Goodall was 83 years old. His death was announced by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Tuesday but did not specify the reason.

Was part of the controversial Test series

Goodall officiated in 24 Tests and 15 One Day Internationals between 1965 and 1988. He is best known for the controversial second Test against West Indies at Lancaster Park in Christchurch in February 1980. In this match, he was hit by West Indies fast bowler Colin Croft. It seemed that Croft did it intentionally but the fast bowler always said that it was accidental.

The West Indies team, led by captain Clive Lloyd, was a superstar of world cricket and came to New Zealand to play three Tests and one ODI after Australia won the Test series for the first time. New Zealand won both the one-day international and the first Test by one wicket. Goodall officiated in both matches and West Indies players believed that there were several unfair decisions against him.

West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding kicked the stumps in the second innings of the first Test when his appeal against John Parker was denied. West Indies’ displeasure increased in the second Test when they felt that too many umpires’ decisions were going against them. After the tea break on the third day, the visiting team refused to come out of the dressing room and said that they would take the field only after Goodall was removed.

Although New Zealand captain Geoff Howarth persuaded the visiting team to take the field, West Indies players started packing their belongings after the day’s play was over. They wanted to return home. However, he did not return due to the intervention of the West Indies Cricket Board.

On the fourth day, Goodall gave several noballs against Croft and also rejected his appeal for a catch against Richard Hadlee. Running to bowl the next ball, Croft hit Goodall hard before throwing the ball. Goodall said in an interview in 2006 that the collision was painful. Goodall had said, “I was shocked.” He said that he was feeling disappointed when the West Indies captain did not intervene. Goodall said that Croft told him that he knew nothing about cricket.

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