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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: ICC referee Reid counters bias claims in Pakistan

Published: Monday, August 27, 2001, 0:00 [IST]
 
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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Karachi: International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee John Reid played a straight bat on his arrival in Pakistan amid controversy over his appointment to the Asian Test Championship.The 73-year-old former New Zealand captain told reporters on his arrival late on Sunday that he would remain as "strict as ever" on every aspect of the game.Reid's appointment caused a storm of protest, with senior cricket officials complaining he was biased against Pakistan and warning that he would not be welcome.Resentment still lingers after Reid reported express bowler Shoaib Akhtar's bowling action in Australia in 1999-2000 and suspended current skipper Waqar Younis for a match for ball tampering in Sri Lanka last year."I will remain as strict as ever. I will not be backing down on rules," he said.The ICC dismissed Pakistan's protest and gave Reid the green light to officiate in the Asian championship, which starts this week in Multan when Pakistan faces Bangladesh."I have the full support of the ICC and I am on their assignment. There are no preconceived ideas in my mind and I will take the match as another Test," he said.Akhtar's action was reported a second time in New Zealand in March this year, prompting him to seek a definitive ruling from Australian medical experts, who found his arm was naturally kinked and his technique was legal.He will not feature in the Pakistan-Bangladesh clash starting on Wednesday."I have to follow the rule book but I am sure it wouldn't happen again," said Reid, who appeared in a record 58 consecutive Tests for New Zealand."People have got to understand that match referees have jobs to do. They are not on holidays. But personally, I am looking forward to the tour because I am a great admirer of Pakistan cricket and the great players this country has produced over the years," he said.

AFP
Copyright AFP 2001

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