Doctrove not to stand in ICC Trophy matches
The West Indian umpire, who was Darrell Hair's colleague at the forfieted Oval Test, has been omitted from the list of umpires.india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:19 IST
West Indian umpire Billy Doctrove, who was Darrell Hair's colleague at the forfieted Oval Test, has been omitted from the list of umpires for forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy duty.
Though Doctrove, along with Hair, received flak from ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle for deciding Pakistan should forfeit the Test after they refused to take the field following ball-tampering allegations, the apex cricket body insisted that there was "nothing sinister" in the West Indian's absence from Champions Trophy duty.
"There were only going to be eight umpires," an ICC spokesman was quoted as saying by the BBC Sport.
"It doesn't mean Billy Doctrove is a bad umpire," he added.
Earlier, Hair was removed from the eight-man umpires' list for the elite tournament on security reasons.
But, Mike Procter, who was match referee in the Oval Test, will be there for Champions Trophy duty.