PCB to write to ICC about poor umpiring decisions
Pak Board will write a complaint against umpires who turned down close appeals in the ongoing third Test at Headingley.india Updated: Aug 08, 2006 16:26 IST
Pakistan Cricket Board is planning to write to the International Cricket Council to complain about some controversial umpiring decisions made in the ongoing third Test against England at Headingley.
Pakistan believe they were pushed on the backfoot after umpires Billy Doctrove and Darrell Hair turned down some close appeals on the opening day of the Test.
"The PCB is planning to write a letter to the ICC complaining about the poor decisions of both umpires that ruined Pakistan chances of bowling out opposition cheaply," a source was quoted as saying by The News on Monday.
The daily said Pakistan were against deputing of Hair in Tests and had even requested ICC not to appoint him for the winter series against England. However, it said this was the second time in succession that Hair was asked to officiate in matches involving Pakistan.
PCB chairman Shaharyar M Khan, who was in Headingley to watch Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan pile up the agony on England, said the matter would be taken up at the right time.
"Look I do not want to say anything at this point but when the proper time comes we would do something in this regard," he said.
Shaharyar said ICC must come up with some way to avoid umpiring controversies.
"We suggested for the help of technology instead of giving right of appeal to the players or captain of the fielding team. The umpires should be trusted but they must show flexibility and should have the courage to refer each and every controversial decision to the third umpire," he said.
"If there is a provision of technology why not make the best use of it," he said.