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Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, January 08, 2008
BCCI President Sharad Pawar on Tuesday thanked the International Cricket Council (ICC) for removing controversial umpire Steve Bucknor from the third Test. Pawar was also happy that Harbhajan Singh was now free to play in Perth against Australia. Reacting to the ICC decision to replace Bucknor with Billy Bowden for the Perth Test after the Jamaican's series of blunders in Sydney, Pawar said it was a prerogative of the governing body to change match officials and he was happy that they addressed India's grievances.

"We had appealed to the ICC to review the performance of the umpires in the last two matches and take appropriate action. I'm grateful that ICC has taken this decision and removed him. The Indian Board is quite happy about that," Pawar told reporters here today.

Pawar also sought to pre-empt any suggestion that ICC succumbed to the muscle-flexing of the richest cricket board and said the decision to remove Bucknor was completely a ICC prerogative.