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India to protest against poor umpiring

cricket Updated: Jan 02, 2008 19:17 IST

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The Indian team is to lodge a protest against the poor umpiring on the opening day of the second cricket Test at Sydney which enabled Australia to recover strongly.

Taking strong exception to some of the umpiring errors during the match, the Cricket Board has asked the team management to lodge an official protest with ICC Match Referee Mike Procter.

"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," BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla said today.

"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.