BCCI Directs Team to Protest Umpiring Decisions


Mumbai, Jan 2: The Cricket Board on Wednesday directed the Indian team management to lodge a protest with ICC Match Referee Mike Procter against atrocious umpiring decisions made on the opening day of the second Test against Australia at Sydney.

"We have asked our team management to lodge a protest to the ICC match referee against the wrong umpiring decisions made today by Steve Bucknor. The wrong decisions made by Bucknor have been commented upon by all cricketers and analysts alike," said BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla.

"I am sure the International Cricket Council will be monitoring the matter in Dubai and take appropriate actions," Shukla said.

Australian batsman Andrew Symonds was caught by MS Dhoni off Ishant Sharma when on 30 but to the horror of the Indian team, Bucknor decided he was not out. Symonds went on to score an unbeaten 137 to spearhead a great recovery after the hosts were tottering at 134 for six at one stage.

Symonds was also given another 'life' by third umpire Bruce Oxenford who ruled him not out when he was stumped by Dhoni off Anil Kumble a little later.

Earlier, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting too was lucky to escape a caught behind appeal when on 17 before going on to complete a half century. Mark Benson was the umpire who did not uphold the confident appeal. 


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  • Nelson Lewis, Karkala/Bombay/Kingdom of Bahrain

    Sun, Jan 06 2008

    There were wrong umpiring decisions, but we cannot offer excuses. One has to realise that Australians are a well balanced and strong outfit and in light of the same, V.V.S. Laxman's century is brilliant with wristy strokes and not taking too many balls to achieve this milestone.

    Further, one has to also admire the batting of Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma, who are primarily bowlers, but they played a gutsy innings and dominated the Australian bowlers. As regards wrong umpiring decisions, these happen all the time. It is for the authorities to pull up umpires who give wrong decisions and if they persist in doing so, they should be ejected an replaced.

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  • Nelson Lewis, Karkala/Bomby/Kingdom of Bahrain

    Sun, Jan 06 2008

    The Steve Bucknor's umpiring was much below mark when, in fact, it was obvious to everyone that the Ishant Sharma's delivery had touched Andrew Symond's bat before being caught by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. It surprises everyone, including the commentators, and one wonders why did he not refer to the third umpire to check whether it was a catch or not? In this case, Steve Bucknor does not deserve any benefit of doubt. International panel of umpires should be of pedigree and not some questionable characters. Otherwise, they should be out of reckoning.

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  • Alfred J. Rebello, Kundapur/Dubai

    Thu, Jan 03 2008

    Now I know why Australia is un-beatable in Australia. Australia is playing with three extra men - umpires. I hope India will come out of this situation and make the difference.

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  • Kevin Lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, Jan 03 2008

    What is the use? BCCI is not doing anything for the betterment of the game. Simply lodging complaint doesn't serve any purpose. Follow up is very much required so that action can be taken against erring umpires. This is not the first time as several incidents have taken place earlier and BCCI has lodged the complaints but the outcome is a big "ZERO". BCCI is only busy in minting money and save their chair as the same is not manned by expert cricketers. Hope here onwards BCCI will work for the betterment of sports(???).

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