Bucknor may not stand in Perth Test
Controversial umpire Steve Bucknor is most likely to sit out of the third cricket Test at Perth after a livid Indian team went public with their grouse against the veteran West Indian.Updated: Jan 06, 2008 21:52 IST
Controversial umpire Steve Bucknor is most likely to sit out of the third cricket Test at Perth after a livid Indian team went public with their grouse against the veteran West Indian.
It is learnt that ICC is favourably inclined to agree with the request of the Indian team that Bucknor does not stand in any other match of the ongoing series.
Without taking names, Indian team manager Chetan Chauhan made it known his team's feelings about the umpires in the Sydney Test match.
"I would like to express the sentiment of the team. The way the umpiring was, the team is agitated and upset," Chauhan said after the team's 122-run loss to Australia in Sydney on Sunday.
"A lot of decisions have gone against us, of course a few went against the Australians also. But it really affected us."
"Had some of the decisions, I would say 50 per cent of the decisions, were received in our favour, the result would have been different," he added.
Chauhan said the complain had nothing to do with India losing the game and was a general disappointment with the officiating.
"We're not saying this because we have lost the game. It was for everybody to see. I have been informed by the BCCI that they are lodging a strong protest with the ICC so that some of the incompetent umpires do not umpire in the rest of the series," he said.
The Indian team management is likely to draft a carefully worded letter about their request to not let Bucknor, or his partner Mark Benson in this Test, stand further in this series.