Odumbe~~s outburst lands him in soup

Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2001, 23:30 [IST]
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Port Elizabeth: Kenya's woes in the triangular One-day series were compounded on Monday when its captain Maurice Odumbe was suspended for two games for his outbursts against the umpire after the defeat to South Africa in Kimberly on Sunday. And when he was going for the official hearing with match referee Ahmed Ebrahim on Tuesday morning, Kenyan manager Mahmood Querishey, accompanying him, suffered a heart attack. Querishey was given first aid by Indian manager Mahendra Kumar Bhargava, a timely help as the attending doctor on the Kenyan manager later described. Odumbe would miss Wednesday's day-night match against India at St George's Park and also not play against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town on October 22. He would now be available to the Kenyans only against India in the final league game at Paarl on October 24. After Sunday's match, Odumbe had referred to umpire Dave Orchard as the "one gentleman out there who was not friendly towards us". "If a bowler asks an umpire to move back a bit from his position and is told 'I did not come here to listen to your bullshit' then you know you're up against it. I will put that in my report to the match referee," Odumbe had said. Though Odumbe did not name Orchard, he said the umpire he was referring to was not standing at the end from which he (Odumbe) was bowling. Wilf Diedericks, the other umpire, was at the end from which Odumbe was sending down his off spinners. Odumbe said his team was also met with a similar blunt response when asking about no ball calls. Orchard refused to comment because he was bound by International Cricket Council (ICC) rules. He referred queries to Zimbabwean match referee Ebrahim. Orchard and Ebrahim were engaged in an earnest conversation after the game. Ebrahim said he would study the captains' reports and take the matter from there. Ebrahim told reporters at the ground on Monday that Odumbe's suspension came under ICC's code of conduct 8 (h), which bars cricketers from commenting on umpiring decisions. The irony of it all was, Odumbe was given lift after the hearing by umpire Orchard himself!

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