Thatscricket - News - Ganguly suspension: Shastri slams Smith

Published: Sunday, July 29, 2001, 3:35 [IST]
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Colombo: Former Indian skipper and all-rounder Ravi Shastri on Saturday criticised match referee Cammie Smith for ''adopting double standards'' by imposing a suspension on captain Saurav Ganguly for showing dissent on an umpiring decision while ''leaving scot free'' Australian batsman Michael Slater, whose protest in a recent Test match was even more aggressive.Shastri, commentating for the India-Sri Lanka league match in the triangular series being played at Colombo, described the one-match ban on Ganguly as ''unfair'' and compared it with the Slater incident in the February Test between India and Australia.To prove his point, Shastri showed the TV footage of the Slater incident in which the Australian player was seen arguing with umpire S Venkataraghavan for turning down an appeal for a catch.Slater was also seen having a heated exchange of words with Rahul Dravid, who was India's vice-captain. ''Match referees should be consistent while imposing punishment on players,'' Shastri noted, stressing the need to constitute an international panel of referees.His fellow commentator and former England player Tony Greig, who is currently settled in Australia, agreed with Shastri's views. Earlier, Ganguly made a brief appearance at the commentators' box and said he was disappointed being out of Saturdays fixture, but added that one should get on without getting disheartened with such happenings. UNI

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