Dalmiya is ~~a loose canon~~: British Media
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2001, 23:42 [IST]
The ball is now in ICC's court: BCCI
London: The British Press on Wednesday hit out at Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya for demanding the sacking of the former England captain Mike Denness as the match referee for the Test series between India and South Africa following his controversial punishments to six Indian cricketers.Reporting on the outrage felt in India over the harsh penalties handed down by Denness and Dalmiya's ultimatum, newspapers called BCCI chief 'a loose cannon' who had shown willful contempt for the authority of match referees. "Dalmiya has enhanced his reputation as something of loose cannon by calling for the replacement of Mike Denness, the match referee for India's Test series in South Africa," said a report in 'The Times'. Referring to Dalmiya's ultimatum that either Denness be changed or his decisions be kept in abeyance, the daily said, "Some observers, though, believe that Dalmiya showed willful contempt for the authority of match referees, undermining the International Cricket Council's (ICC) attempt to improve standards of behaviour at international level." On the same issue, "The Guardian" wrote "The bellicose president of the BCCI acted after Denness found Sachin guilty of ball-tampering and five of his teammates guilty of other offences including excessive appealing". However, The Guardian also wrote that the punishment given to the six Indian players seemed harsh and commented that it would put ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed, who at present is in India, in a "quandry" as he had made it clear only last month that ICC would crack down on dissent in international cricket. Newspaper "Independent" apprehended that there could be an adverse impact on the relations between the cricket Boards of India and England because of BCCI's demand for sacking English match referee Denness. "The strained relations between the English and Indian cricket Boards threatened to take a new turn on Tuesday as the Indians reacted with fury to punishments handed out by Mike Denness," said a report in "Independent". Referring to the unusual press conference at Port Elizabeth by the ICC match referee, the paper said, "Denness sat stony-faced and silent throughout the press conference on Tuesday when the disciplinary measures were announced. ICC regulations prevent Denness and affected players from commenting on the ruling, which was met with outrage in India." "This affair will do nothing to improve relations with English Board," it added.