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BCCI used financial clout to oust me: Bucknor

Controversial West Indian umpire Steve Bucknor claims the Indian Cricket Board's used its money power to get him sacked from the Perth Test during India's tour of Australia last year. Bucknor was removed from the Perth Test last year after the BCCI threatened to pull out of the Australian tour, due to the West Indian's controversial decisions.

cricket Updated: Mar 17, 2009 13:15 IST

Controversial West Indian umpire Steve Bucknor claims the Indian Cricket Board's used its money power to get him sacked from the Perth Test during India's tour of Australia last year.

Bucknor was removed from the Perth Test last year after the BCCI threatened to pull out of the Australian tour, due to the West Indian's controversial decisions, which largely went against India, in the second Test in Sydney.

The 62-year-old umpire's problems were further compounded when the then India captain Anil Kumble filed a negative report against him for his dubious decisions during the Sydney game.

"I know that in the life of everyone there are going to be good times and bad times. I have survived for a long time. Had it not been for strong-willed people within the ICC I might have been out due to negative reactions from certain quarters.

"When you speak to a captain and he's not happy you are reported. If his (national) association is strong enough they may believe that they should take action. Oh, this umpire shouldn't be within the system because the captain is seeing something wrong," he was quoted as saying by the 'Australian Associated Press'.