Bucknor-Benson Effigies Burnt in Kanpur and Vadodra

Kanpur / Vadodra, Jan 7: Effiges of umpires Steve Bucknor and Mark Benson were burnt by cricket fans in Kanpur and Vadodra on Sunday to express their anger over their howlers which influenced the course of the second test between India and Australia in Sydney.

Soon after India lost the match to hand Australia a 2-0 lead in the series, dozens of cricket fans came out on the streets in Kanpur and shouted slogans against the umpires faulting them for the country's defeat.

Later, they assembled at Deputy ka Parao and burnt effigies of the duo.

In Vadodra, cricket fans shouted slogans against the umpires and members of Australian team including captain Ponting and warned they would not allow Australia to play in the city in future till its cricketers tender an apology.

Kiran Raj, a former students leader at M S University, said they were hurt over horrenduous decisions that cost India the match.

Fans also said the International Cricket Council should not depute the two umpires in India's next two Tests.

Fans felt had Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly not been ruled out, the result of the match could have been different. 


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