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TV cos doctor clips, and lie

YOU WELCOME the role of technology in cricket. You want the game to embrace it more fully and limit the role of all-too-human umpires. After all, Hawk-Eye, the Snickometer and suchlike don't lie. Right?

india Updated: May 08, 2006 00:49 IST

YOU WELCOME the role of technology in cricket. You want the game to embrace it more fully and limit the role of all-too-human umpires. After all, Hawk-Eye, the Snickometer and suchlike don't lie. Right?

Wrong, says Steve Bucknor, an ICC Elite Panel umpire. Why? Because TV production crews doctor images to show umpires in a poor light and favour popular batsmen.

Bucknor has accused television companies of misusing technology which, he said, was creating mistrust between players and umpires.

"It has been known to happen where the technology has been used to make umpires look bad," he was quoted as saying in the Trinidad and Tobago Express. "Mats (the line graphic used to adjudge leg-before decisions) have been moved, balls have disappeared, ball hitting the bat and only coming up into the fielder's hands, but between the bat and the hand, no ball is found and you're told, 'Sorry, we don't have that clip, we can't show it'."

Bucknor, who has stood in a world record 111 Tests and four World Cup finals, said "it has happened. I've been in a game when it has happened".

"Sometimes nothing is shown because the batsman was a key batsman and getting out at that stage would have made life very difficult for that team," he said. "It all depends on who is operating the technology. I've been told that this ball is the one with which the batsman got out, but the one that is being shown is not the same one he got out with."

Bucknor's remarks came a day after the ICC's Cricket Committee recommended that teams be allowed to appeal to the third umpire three times in an innings if they were not satisfied with the on-field umpire's decision.
 Agencies